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 spirts, 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(s)/actress Character(s)
Reginald OwenEbenezer Scrooge (adult)
Ronald SinclairEbenezer Scrooge (young)
Gene LockhartBob Cratchit
Kathleen LockhartMrs. Cratchit
Terry KilburnTiny Tim
Barry MackayFred
Lynne CarverBess
Leo G. CarrollMarley's Ghost
Lionel BrahamSpirit of Christmas Present
Ann RutherfordSpirit of Christmas Past
D'Arcy CorriganSpirit of Christmas Future
Uncredited actresses/actors
Bunny BeattyMartha Cratchit
Frank Benson
Billy BevanStreet Watch Leader
Ted Billings
I. Stanford Jolley
Men on Sidewalk
Matthew Boulton
Charles Coleman
Charity Solicitors
Bob Carey
St. Luke's Episcopal Church ChoristersCarolers - 'Adeste Fidelis'
Richard Clucas
Harry CordingWaiter
Richard DeaneHandsome Boy
David Dunbar
Herbert Evans
Gertrude GeyerSlim Girl at Fred's Party
Douglas Gordon
Donald Hainey
Lumsden Hare
Boyd Irwin
William Stack
Men (Discussing Scrooge's Funeral)
Hugh HarrisonTom
Forrester HarveyOld Fezziwig
Harold HensenJack
Halliwell HobbesClergyman (Sliding on Sidewalk)
Olaf HyttenSchoolmaster
Bill James
Tiny JonesWoman (Encouraging Fred to Slide)
Muriel KearneyCratchit's Daughter
Colin Kenny
Crauford KentScrooge's Tall Business Associate
George KirbyGoose-Seller
Maude LeslieBess's Mother
Norma LesliePlump Girl at Fred's Party
June LockhartBelinda Cratchit
William MartinCratchit's Middle Son
John O'DayPeter Cratchit
Charles PeckDick Wilkins
John RogersChestnut Vendor
Clifford SevernBoy (Buying Scrooge's Christmas Turkey)
Renee ShearingFred's Maid
Ira StevensFan Scrooge
James StevensFat Man at Fred's Party
Doris StonePretty Girl at Fred's Party
Monte VandergriftDrunk
Delmar WatsonSnowballer in Gang
Eric WiltonScrooge's Short Business Associate

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