The Right to Be Happy (1916)

5 reels
black and white

An American fantasy film directed by Rupert Julian and based on Charles Dickens' .

Plot Summary

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer is visited on 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: Rupert Julian
Bluebird Photoplays Inc.
Script: E.J. Clawson
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Director of Photography: Steven Rounds

Rupert Julian (Ebenezer Scrooge)
John Cook (Bob Cratchit)
Claire McDowell (Mrs Cratchit)
Francis Lee (Tiny Tim)
Harry Carter (Jacob Marley)
Emory Johnson (Fred, Scrooge's nephew)
Roberta Wilson (Caroline)
Francelia Billington (Scrooge's sweetheart)
Mrs Titus [real name: Lydia Yeamans Titus] (Mrs Fezziwig)
Wadsworth Harris (The Ghost of the Past)
Richard Le Strange (The Ghost of the Present)
Tom Figee (The Ghost of the Future)

Alternative Titles

Scrooge the Skinflint – UK title


Exhibitor's Trade Review (23 December 1916) pp.192, 210 – review
Motion Picture News (23 December 1916) p.4017 – review
Motion Picture News (30 December 1916) p.4236 – review
Moving Picture World (30 December 1916) p.1974 – review
Moving Picture World (6 January 1917) p.135 – review
New York Dramatic Mirror (23 December 1916) p.26 – review
Wid's Film Daily (21 December 1916) p.1188 – review

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida p.173 – credits
by Walt Lee p.403 – credits