Scrooge – 1951 UK film poster
Now! The story that has brought joy to millions! A new screen triumph!
Directed By
Brian Desmond Hurst
Produced By
Brian Desmond Hurst
Written By
Noel Langley, based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Edited By
Clive Donner
C.M. Pennington-Richards
Music By
Richard Addinsell
Distributed By
Renown Pictures
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Release Date
October 31, 1951
Filming Location
United Kingdom
86 minutes
Approved (original US release), has been shown on television rated TV-G

A Christmas Carol (U.S. title) or Scrooge is a 1951 British film adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic novel A Christmas Carol. It was directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. The screenplay was written by Noel Langley. It stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge.


An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption on Christmas Eve when he is haunted by three ghosts. The spirits remind him of the past that has led him to be the cold-hearted man he is, show him the effect his harshness is having on others in the present, and reveal his possible future if he does not change his ways.


  • Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Kathleen Harrison as Mrs. Dilber
  • Mervyn Johns as Bob Cratchit
  • Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Cratchit
  • Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley/Marley's Ghost
  • George Cole as Young Ebenezer Scrooge
  • John Charlesworth as Peter Cratchit
  • Michael Dolan as The Ghost of Christmas Past
  • Francis de Wolff as The Ghost of Christmas Present
  • C. Konarski as Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  • Rona Anderson as Alice (Belle)
  • Carol Marsh as Fan
  • Brian Worth as Fred
  • Miles Malleson as Old Joe
  • Ernest Thesiger as the Undertaker
  • Glyn Dearman as Tiny Tim
  • Roddy Hughes as Fezziwig
  • Hattie Jacques as Mrs. Fezziwig
  • Louise Hampton as Laundress
  • Eliot Makeham as Mr. Snedrig
  • Hugh Dempster as Mr. Groper
  • Richard Pearson as Mr. Tupper
  • Jack Warner as Mr. Jorkin
  • Patrick Macnee as the young Jacob Marley
  • Douglas Muir as Businessman
  • Clifford Mollison as Samuel Wilkins
  • Theresa Derrington as Fred's Maid


  • Though it is a quintessential Christmas film, it was actually released on Halloween in 1951.