Scrooge, or Marley’s Ghost (1901)

black and white

A British film directed by Walter R. Booth. It's the oldest known adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel A Carol. Only 620 feet have survived (approximately 5m 30s) which is preserved by the British Film Institute who have made the footage available online.

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?


Director: Walter R. Booth
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Novel: by Charles Dickens

Alternative Titles




  • Charles Dickens on the Screen: The Film, Television and Video Adaptations by Michael Pointer p.117
  • A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.172 – credits
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.54-56 – illustrated credits, review (by F.T. [Frank Thompson])
  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard p.14
  • by Walt Lee p.423 – credits