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(Turner Classic Movies)   "Scrooged" was good, the Muppets did a decent job, but there is no surpassing Brian Desmond-Hurst's classic "A Christmas Carol" starring the one-and-only Alastair Sim. If you've never seen it, make some cocoa and pull up a comfy chair. (8pm, TCM)   ( tcm.com) divider line
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2017-12-01 07:40:49 AM  
You'll shoot yer eye out, kid
 
2017-12-01 07:43:26 AM  
My current favorite is The Bishop's Wife.  I always tear up at the end and some of the middle and a little at the beginning.  Loretta Young is gorgeous in it and Cary Grant is pretty swell.  David Niven is as sexy as he ever was in this movie, although how sexy that is I will leave to your imagination.
 
2017-12-01 08:07:20 AM  
Alastair Sim = Bernie Sanders w/glasses
 
2017-12-01 09:58:44 AM  
If you've never seen it, make some cocoa and pull up a comfy chair.

That seems a bit harsh, subby.  What is this, some kind of Spanish Inquisition??

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2017-12-01 10:35:16 AM  
I agree.  It's a classic!  And it's held up over the years.  Such drama!  Really captured the soul of Dickens.

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2017-12-01 10:42:02 AM  
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God bless us, everyone!

 
2017-12-01 10:44:06 AM  

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Well that earworm will drive me mad today.
 
2017-12-01 11:04:32 AM  
The Alastair Sim version is good, but I've always liked the made-for-TV version with George C. Scott (and David Warner, Frank Finlay, Mark Strickson, Roger Rees, Michael Gough, Edward Woodward, and so on).

/my favorite Alastair Sim movie is Blue Murder at St. Trinian's, in which he plays the headmistress of a girls' school
//and Christ, I hate the touchpad on my laptop
 
2017-12-01 11:14:49 AM  

Xanadone: The Alastair Sim version is good, but I've always liked the made-for-TV version with George C. Scott (and David Warner, Frank Finlay, Mark Strickson, Roger Rees, Michael Gough, Edward Woodward, and so on).

/my favorite Alastair Sim movie is Blue Murder at St. Trinian's, in which he plays the headmistress of a girls' school
//and Christ, I hate the touchpad on my laptop


The George C. Scott version was excellent.  Scott played it low-key and it was a solid performance...
 
2017-12-01 11:20:27 AM  
Before I grew to hate musicals (except for The Blues Brothers of course), I liked the Albert Finney one as a kid.
 
2017-12-01 12:05:06 PM  

Xanadone: The Alastair Sim version is good, but I've always liked the made-for-TV version with George C. Scott (and David Warner, Frank Finlay, Mark Strickson, Roger Rees, Michael Gough, Edward Woodward, and so on).

/my favorite Alastair Sim movie is Blue Murder at St. Trinian's, in which he plays the headmistress of a girls' school
//and Christ, I hate the touchpad on my laptop


The Sim version is my favorite, but the Scott one comes in at a strong second.
 
2017-12-01 12:07:04 PM  
We watch the Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends Xmas Episode every year.
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2017-12-01 01:24:06 PM  
George C Scott was the best Scrooge.

The worst is a tie between Patrick Stewart and Henry Winkler.
 
2017-12-01 03:33:38 PM  
I like the Charles Bronson version where he beats the shiat out of all the ghosts.
 
2017-12-01 04:00:17 PM  
Alastair Sim was the ONLY Scrooge. It was required viewing at Christmas time when I was growing up.
My brothers and I would quote along with all of the characters (still do, if we are together), and it would drive our older sisters nuts. Now they laugh.

Sorry, but every other Scrooge that followed did not top Sim's performance. At all.
 
2017-12-01 04:40:18 PM  

UberDave: I like the Charles Bronson version where he beats the shiat out of all the ghosts.


They should remake A Charlie Brown Christmas with A Charles Bronson Christmas where he beats the sh*t out of the Peanuts gang.
 
2017-12-01 07:27:43 PM  
I'm between Albert Finney (I remember channel 38 in Boston playing it with this weird, way the fark out of tune bell for the commercial bumps), George C. Scott, and Michael Caine (grew up on the Muppets). It honestly might just be because I saw them way more than Alaister Sim. I don't think I really saw that one nearly as much, and as Xsuck-ity has TCM as a premium channel, it won't be tonight.
 
2017-12-01 07:34:42 PM  
This is the only real Christmas movie...yippie kai yay Mister Falcon!

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2017-12-01 07:36:07 PM  
Alistair Sim also did the voice of Scrooge for a cartoon version (shown in 1970 as part of Kenner Cartoon Classics). The most horrific depiction of Want and Ignorance.

/although Mr. Magoo is still Best Scrooge/Christmas Carol
 
2017-12-01 07:39:22 PM  
Um, hate to be a, um, er, a bitter Christmas spoilsport, but it's scheduled for next Friday....
 
2017-12-01 07:41:45 PM  

count_chimpula: This is the only real Christmas movie...yippie kai yay Mister Falcon!

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Lethal Weapon has it beat.
 
2017-12-01 07:41:46 PM  
I like the WKRP version.

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2017-12-01 07:50:52 PM  
It's not on my guide for 8:00 pm in the PNW, wonder if they have regional changes.
 
2017-12-01 07:52:15 PM  
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2017-12-01 08:07:43 PM  
My favorite one was the Doctor Who version, with the Doctor as the ghosts of Christmas past and future, Amy as the ghost of Christmas present, and Dumbledore as Scrooge.
 
2017-12-01 08:08:13 PM  
My favorite adaptation is the 1935 version with Seymour Hicks.  Primitive in some ways, but it makes it "feel" more authentic to me.  It also includes some bits of the book that most others leave out.

My favorite interpretation is "Star in the Night" (1945).  Very sweet, hits just the right mark.
 
2017-12-01 08:10:49 PM  

Mugato: Before I grew to hate musicals (except for The Blues Brothers of course), I liked the Albert Finney one as a kid.


Thank-you very much!


/loves the Finney version.
 
2017-12-01 08:14:14 PM  

LouisZepher: Mugato: Before I grew to hate musicals (except for The Blues Brothers of course), I liked the Albert Finney one as a kid.

Thank-you very much!


/loves the Finney version.


The Finney one is good up until the Weird visit to hell.

Muppet Christmas Carol is surprisingly the one that comes closest to the book; the narrator of the story is a pretty important part that typically gets lost in filmed versions.
 
2017-12-01 08:16:22 PM  
Sorry y'all, I'm with the Muppets on this one.

/light the lamp, not the rat
// "Scrooge" was brilliant
///so was "Marley and Marley"
 
2017-12-01 08:19:11 PM  
The Muppets had the best version.  Michael Caine doesn't go too syrupy sweet at the end, and you don't want to strangle Tiny Tim.  It also still manages to be fun, scary, and sentimental when it needs to be.
 
2017-12-01 08:29:13 PM  
I'll take the Daddy Warbucks versus Obi Wan Kenobi version, Thank You Very Much
 
2017-12-01 08:32:32 PM  
Yes!  The best version of the story by far, because Sim is the nastiest Scrooge in the first half and the most delightful one in the second.
 
2017-12-01 08:33:12 PM  

Jake Havechek: George C Scott was the best Scrooge.

The worst is a tie between Patrick Stewart and Henry Winkler.


The worst was Jim Carrey. No contest.
 
2017-12-01 08:36:20 PM  
the build up in this thread will be great when it airs next week
 
Ant
2017-12-01 08:39:20 PM  
I liked all the sitcom versions that were made in the 70s and 80s.
 
Ant
2017-12-01 08:40:11 PM  
Or maybe I'm thinking of It's a Wonderful Life
 
2017-12-01 08:54:27 PM  

Mugato: Before I grew to hate musicals (except for The Blues Brothers of course), I liked the Albert Finney one as a kid.


Albert Finney's Scrooge is my favorite version. It and Oliver! are the only musicals I can tolerate.
 
2017-12-01 08:59:32 PM  

xanadian: If you've never seen it, make some cocoa and pull up a comfy chair.


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2017-12-01 09:00:28 PM  
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The Apartment  -- the Christmas party scene
 
2017-12-01 09:02:31 PM  
Unfortunately, Scrooged is never on TV anymore, and it makes me sad. That movie means Christmas season to me, for some reason. A few years ago my wife got it for me on DVD, but then our DVD player was stolen and we just don't watch movies enough to get another one. I've considered getting it from Play or ripping it to a Plex server.
 
2017-12-01 09:15:46 PM  

Xanadone: The Alastair Sim version is good, but I've always liked the made-for-TV version with George C. Scott (and David Warner, Frank Finlay, Mark Strickson, Roger Rees, Michael Gough, Edward Woodward, and so on).

/my favorite Alastair Sim movie is Blue Murder at St. Trinian's, in which he plays the headmistress of a girls' school
//and Christ, I hate the touchpad on my laptop


This.

George C. Scott is the most incouragable Ebeneezer Scrooge.
 
2017-12-01 09:16:19 PM  
I had the good fortune to see Patrick Stewart's performance on Broadway.  Incredible.
That said, George C. Scott's version is brilliant with an amazing supporting cast.  Since when has David Warner played a nice guy?  Susanna York is breathtakingly beautiful.  Love the music.
 
2017-12-01 09:26:51 PM  

EnglishMajor: Since when has David Warner played a nice guy?


Star Trek 6?
 
2017-12-01 09:27:05 PM  

count_chimpula: This is the only real Christmas movie...yippie kai yay Mister Falcon!

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No...there is another.

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/only says "ficus"
 
2017-12-01 09:31:13 PM  

Dumski: Alastair Sim was the ONLY Scrooge. It was required viewing at Christmas time when I was growing up.
My brothers and I would quote along with all of the characters (still do, if we are together), and it would drive our older sisters nuts. Now they laugh.

Sorry, but every other Scrooge that followed did not top Sim's performance. At all.


How about him?  He literally IS Scrooge:
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//Saw it when it came out in theaters in 1983.
//David Tennant is okay, but I still miss Alan Young.
 
2017-12-01 09:33:59 PM  

Xythero: The Muppets had the best version.  Michael Caine doesn't go too syrupy sweet at the end, and you don't want to strangle Tiny Tim.  It also still manages to be fun, scary, and sentimental when it needs to be.


And all the Muppets fit the characters they play.  Nobody feels shoehorned in.
 
2017-12-01 09:35:03 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Jake Havechek: George C Scott was the best Scrooge.

The worst is a tie between Patrick Stewart and Henry Winkler.

The worst was Jim Carrey. No contest.


Aw Jesus, I was trying to repress that.
 
2017-12-01 09:54:30 PM  
No, no no  no. Again, I say, no. Albert Finney for the win. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sc​rooge_​(1970_film)
 
2017-12-01 10:05:32 PM  
The Ghost of Christmas Past scene in the Alistair Sim version is what makes it so memorable. I think the transformation of Scrooge is most believable in the Reginald Owen version.
 
2017-12-01 10:07:08 PM  
It's not Christmas until Alastair Sim's version of Scrooge has been visited by the ghosts. His rendition is the benchmark against which every other one is measured. I love every part of this movie, but I often repeat the Christmas morning scene between Sim's Scrooge and Kathleen Harrison's Mrs. Dilber. I'm a late middle-aged fat guy, and my eyes still fill with tears of joy every time I watch it.

The lead-up includes listening to three audiobook versions, including one in Italian.
 
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