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A Christmas Carol (1938)
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection
Reginald Owen, Gene Lochart
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
MGM 1938
Warner Home Entertainment 2009
69 minutes Widescreen

Turner Classic Movies Greatest Classic Films Collection Holiday DVD set features the 1938 A Christmas Carol with Reginald Owens, Christmas in Connecticut, It Happened on 5th Avenue, and The Shop Around the Corner (the original You’ve Got Mail). Of course the classic classic here is the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol from a pristine print.

Though this is a good collection and the price is right, I wonder about the packaging. These 4 Christmas classics come on 2 double-sided DVD. Considering the age of the most likely buyers of this TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection and how difficult it can be to figure out side A from side B of a DVD and especially which DVD is which, the penny saving gesture of going for double-sided discs is questionable.

One of the films on this Christmas DVD set is the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol. No adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story can beat the 1951 Alastair Sim but this one is decent enough.

This version of the story is not quite an adaptation but more a different version. Scrooge is Scrooge and most elements of the Dickens story are there but there are also some very different events such as Bob Cratchit being fired for tossing a snowball and knocking off Scrooge’s hat.

Marley is played by Leo G. Carroll, the ghost of Christmas Past is Ann Rutherford, Christmas Present is Lional Braham, and Christmas Future is played by D’Arcy Corrigan.

Special features are the short film Jackie Cooper’s Christmas Party, Judy Garland sings Silent Night, and the MGM cartoon Peace on Earth. Most show their age but there you go.


A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim  

Jonathan Winters - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


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