Bah Humbug!… It’s a Silent Movie “A Christmas Carol”, Times Four
Watching a movie adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is always the warning shot fired over the bow of Christmas for me. It doesn’t really matter which movie version it is, and there are so so many of them, this classic Victorian Christmas tale confirms that it’s time to prepare the milk and cookies for St. Nick. For your viewing pleasure, here are a few of the silent movie versions of “A Christmas Carol.” Warning: Take all of the information below with a grain of salt, as there is a lot of conflicting information about studios, directors, and years out there. If can confirm or deny any of this, chirp in via the comments!
Happy viewing and Merry Christmas!
“Marley’s Ghost” (1901)
“Scrooge”, or “Marley’s Ghost” is a 1901 British silent film, directed by Walter R. Booth. It is oldest known film adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
“A Christmas Carol” (1910)
Edison Studios weighs in with an adaptation in 1910. “A Christmas Carol” was directed by J. Searle Dawley and starred Marc McDermott as Ebenezer Scrooge and Charles S. Ogle (Edison’s Frankenstein) as Bob Cratchit.
“Old Scrooge” (1913)
This 1913 silent adaptation starred Seymour Hicks as Scrooge who was to repeat the role in a sound film version in 1935. The above is part one of five, but you can see the whole playlist here.
“A Christmas Carol” (1923)
This was produced in the UK and starred Russell Thorndike, Nina Vanna, Jack Denton, and Forbes Dawson.
Posted on December 20, 2011, in Genre, Online Movies, Silent Film and tagged Charles Dickens, charles ogle, Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge, Edison Studios, j. searle dawley, Jacob Marley, Marc McDermott, Scrooge. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.