Like the movie chosen after it (No. 9’s – How the Grinch Stole Christmas) No. 8 is about another anti-Christmas character who, after getting a little help, finally gets into the Christmas spirit.
No. 8 – Scrooge (1951) aka A Christmas Carol
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst. Starring: Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Michael Hordern.
Total Points: 104 (Highest Rank: No. 1. Named on 17 ballots, 46-percent with an average ranking of 6.1. Not ranked on Kevy’s ballot).
Plot outline (from IMDB.com): An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve
Ebenezer: Go, and redeem some other promising young creature, but leave me to keep Christmas in my own way.
My take on the film: The story of Ebenezer Scrooge was actually voted on 37 ballots, because there were four variations of the story. You had the original film in 1951, the Disney take “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, the “Muppet’s Christmas Carol” or Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” which finished just out of the running in 13th. I chose both “Scrooged” and “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” on my top 10. The story is a Christmas classic. Ebenezer is taken back to his past, present and then future by three different ghosts, before finally realizing what Christmas is all about. It’s this reason that so many people chose “A Christmas Carol” as one of their favorite Christmas movies.
Fun facts about the film: In the 1950sNew Yorktelevision market, there was a local channel 9 (WOR-TV then, WWOR-TV,Secaucus,NJnow) that broadcast a movies only show called “Million Dollar Movie”. Its theme song was the theme song of “Gone With the Wind”, and its format was showing movies over and over again, back to back, not unlike in a movie theater. But on Christmas Eve for years and years, it would continuously play this movie under the American title of “A Christmas Carol” all evening and all night, right up to Christmas morning.