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A Christmas Carol is a 1938 MGM picture adaptation of the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens.


On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife.

Scrooge dismisses the apparition but the first of the three spirits, the Spirit of Christmas Past, visits as promised. Scrooge sees those events in his past life, both happy and sad, that forged his character. The second spirit, the Spirit of Christmas Present, shows him how many currently celebrate Christmas. The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come shows him how he will be remembered once he is gone.

To his delight, the spirits complete their visits in one night giving him the opportunity to mend his ways.


In 1988, MGM/UA Home Video and Turner Entertainment released A Christmas Carol on VHS to celebrate its 50th anniversary, for the first time in a colorized version, and later on Laserdisc in 1990. The colorized version was released on VHS again by Warner Home Video in 2000. The original black-and-white version was released on DVD on November 8, 2005. It was also featured in a "Classic Holiday Collection" box set alongside Boys Town and Christmas in Connecticut, released on the same day. A Blu-ray release came out on November 11, 2014.


Actor/actress Character(s)
Reginald Owen Ebenezer Scrooge (adult)
Ronald Sinclair Ebenezer Scrooge (young)
Gene Lockhart Bob Cratchit
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Cratchit
Terry Kilburn Tiny Tim
Barry Mackay Fred
Lynne Carver Bess
Leo G. Carroll Marley's Ghost
Lionel Braham Spirit of Christmas Present
Ann Rutherford Spirit of Christmas Past
D'Arcy Corrigan Spirit of Christmas Future
Uncredited actresses/actors
Bunny Beatty Martha Cratchit
Frank Benson
Billy Bevan Street Watch Leader
Ted Billings
I. Stanford Jolley
Men on Sidewalk
Matthew Boulton
Charles Coleman
Charity Solicitors
Bob Carey
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers Carolers - 'Adeste Fidelis'
Richard Clucas
Harry Cording Waiter
Richard Deane Handsome Boy
David Dunbar
Herbert Evans
Gertrude Geyer Slim Girl at Fred's party
Douglas Gordon
Donald Hainey
Lumsden Hare
Boyd Irwin
William Stack
Men discussing Scrooge's funeral
Hugh Harrison Tom
Forrester Harvey Old Fezziwig
Harold Hensen Jack
Halliwell Hobbes Clergyman sliding on sidewalk
Olaf Hytten Schoolmaster
Bill James
Tiny Jones Woman encouraging Fred to slide
Muriel Kearney Cratchit's Daughter
Colin Kenny
Crauford Kent Scrooge's Tall Business Associate
George Kirby Goose-Seller
Maude Leslie Bess's Mother
Norma Leslie Plump Girl at Fred's Party
June Lockhart Belinda Cratchit
William Martin Cratchit's Middle Son
John O'Day Peter Cratchit
Charles Peck Dick Wilkins
John Rogers Chestnut Vendor
Clifford Severn Boy buying Scrooge's Christmas turkey
Renee Shearing Fred's Maid
Ira Stevens Fan Scrooge
James Stevens Fat Man at Fred's Party
Doris Stone Pretty Girl at Fred's Party
Monte Vandergrift Drunk
Delmar Watson Snowballer in Gang
Eric Wilton Scrooge's Short Business Associate

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