Directed by Henry Edwards
Twickenham Film Studios
This was the first sound film adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is all business and thinks Christmas is a humbug. His deceased business partner Jacob Marley has learned differently and sends the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to teach Scrooge a lesson in what Christmas is all about.
It would take a lot to top the 1951 Alistair Sim version of this story in my estimation and this film does not have what it takes. That said, Seymour Hicks makes a very credible Scrooge and this is a pleasant enough entertainment. It does suffer from a bit of over-earnestness in what is already a pretty melodramatic story. It also spends a puzzling amount of time in a 75 minute movie dwelling on atmospheric Christmas scenes that have nothing to do with the story. Not a must but also not unworthy of a viewing.