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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and musical adaptation...
When I was in elementary school in the early 70's, 2 or 3 years in a row our school rented (or maybe they owned it??) this film and brought all of the grades into the gym together and we sat on the cold floor and watched this version and I remember as a child loving his bed because it had curtains all the way around it and has since become my dream bed. Then as an adult...
Published on January 10, 2011 by Elle
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3.0 out of 5 stars 1954 TV Version
This "Christmas Carol" is an early TV version from 1954 with Fredric March as Scrooge (he won an Emmy) and Basil Rathbone as Marley. It's not a bad effort for TV for the time, but rather dated by today's standards. (Scrooge even tries to refer to hell, but was not allowed to say the word on TV at that time which leads to an unintentionally funny moment.)
Published on November 3, 2009 by CD Maniac
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered from 1954,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)Okay, I was 4 1/2 years old in Dec 1954, but, some of the scenes are as I remembered them. I believe that it was b-cast twice, same cast, in 1954 and 1955. This video may be a compilation of available sources. It's a musical, but, only a few songs. Well worth it to catch a view of Frederic March on TV. One thing I don't recall, are the long, silent pauses, of the camera just focusing on the actors movements and expressions. Really, it could probably have been done in 30 min instead of 60. Still, worth adding to a home DVD library.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)This is one of the best of my collection every Scrooge and character is different and endearing. This is one of my favorites the actors make the movie new movies have more action than a acting. And I love the English actors .
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Brother!,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)I'm glad I only payed $2.00 for this one. The overblown musical number from Scrooge's past was so unexpected that I laughed out loud. And then to immediately follow this happy, joyful "love song" with the break-up just didn't work. At least it isn't as bad as the Reginald Owen or Patrick Stewart versions.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not the best.,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)Being something of a fan of this tale, I like to collect different versions of it. Of course, at this point, I have most of the better or more well known versions. This year, I thought I'd give this one a try. I did enjoy it, it wasn't terrible. But nor is it a particularly memorable take on the story. It does its job, it entertains, and it is probable that I shall watch it again at some point. But I'd likely recommend it only to the, "A Christmas Carol," adaptation completionists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Carol,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)This was a gift for my Husband he has every Christmas Carol every made so this was just one more for the collection and he was very happy!!
2.0 out of 5 stars Hacked up for 1950s TV,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)If you've seen all the other Christmas Carol adaptations, you might find this one interesting for its contrast to the others.
I found the plot chopped up to allow time for the choral numbers and for Fred March to needlessly emote. For example, there's no Marley door knocker and no ghost of Christmas future to speak of.
On the plus side, it reminded me a lot of the TV specials of the late '50s and early '60s - I half expected Fess Parker to appear at any moment. Also, the video quality was pretty good, though the audio was a bit muddy throughout.
All things considered, not so good.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Christmas Carol movies and books.,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)This is one of the older versions. I love to see the different ways these movies are made and how the ghosts are depicted.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)That was on my boyfreind list for Christmas.
We enjoyed watching it.
He loves it and that's all I care about.
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)I received this DVD in good time and fine, unused condition. However, the quality of the film itself is very poor.
I do not recommend purchasing this product.
2.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Carol with Fredric March and Basil Rathbone,
This review is from: A Christmas Carol (DVD)As much as I respected Fredric March and Basil Rathbone their names was why I bought the movie. This cinemintography was not what this age has come to expect and therefore we were not pleased with the CD at all. Very disappointed.
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