Posted by: David Kiley on December 22, 2005
Before I take off for the holiday, I just wanted to say something. There are many film versions of “Scrooge” kicking around the TV dial and DVD shelves.
I just wanted to state for anyone who would like to chime in that the 1951 British version starring Alistair Sim is the best one. More than that, choosing this version and forsaking the much cheesier 1938 version starring Reginald Owen is a sign of real taste. So, if you want to impress people, and you are asked which version you prefer, you want to say Alistair Sim, of course. The 1984 version starring George C. Scott is an acceptable answer as well, but not as good as Sim. Answering that you like the Reginald Owen version best is like telling people you think Godfather III was the best Godfather movie, or that Rocky II was better than Rocky.
The 1999 vesion with Patrick Stewart is a slight cut above the Owen version. The 1970 musical version starring Albert Finney is not for everyone, I’ll admit. But Finney is so damned good in anything, that I watch it when it comes around. The Mr. McGoo version is the only acceptable cartoon version.
The 1935 version starring Seymour Hicks is unwatchable.
One more thing…if you are making mincemeat pie or plum pudding….for pete’s sake…use real suet.
Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Happy Kwanzaa. Happy Festivus. Happy New Year.