Christmas Carol (1914)

Article 3133 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-25-2009
Posting Date: 3-13-2010
Directed by Harold M. Shaw
Featuring Charles Rock, Edna Flugarth, George Bellamy
Country: UK
What it is: Version of the perennial Dickens classic

Scrooge is visited by three spirits who teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

At only about ten minutes, there’s not a whole lot an adaptation like this can do with the source material. However, it does manage to fit a nice little character moment I haven’t seen in the other versions I’ve seen; when Scrooge turns down the gentlemen seeking a contribution to help the poor, Bob Cratchit eagerly manages to cough up a small coin of his own to contribute. It’s moments like these which make me realize how even a small adaptation can have a surprise or two up its sleeve. Still, as usual with versions this short, the story is short-changed; the ghost of Christmas Future, for example, has only time to show Scrooge his own grave, which, if you think about it, really doesn’t prove anything. And for those of you checking the viewing dates of the movies I review, you may be surprised to notice that I actually did manage to watch this one on Christmas Day, which, given my refusal to plan my series around the holidays, marks a happy coincidence.

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