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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
  • UR
  • 1h 9m
  • 1938
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In one haunted evening, embittered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who has soured on the world and his fellowman, learns the true spirit of Christmas from three ghostly visitors. After moving visions of long-dead happiness, of past and present remorse and a fearful glimpse into the future, Scrooge receives the chance to change his life for the better on Christmas morning.
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Common Sense Says
Classic Dickens' tale has mild scares but positive messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Christmas Carol is a family-friendly take on the Dickens' classic about Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen), a miserly man who after being visited by ghosts changes his ways. While the presence of ghosts might be unnerving to some children -- particularly Marley's Ghost (Leo G. Carroll) and the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come (D'Arcy Corrigan) -- they are largely unthreatening and the spookiness is balanced with moments of humor. The desperate plight of the Cratchit family is played down, and even Scrooge's meanness feels short-lived. Set in Victorian London, the few female characters that appear on screen are restricted to supporting roles with little impact on the overall story. There is occasional but enthusiastic drinking of alcohol. In two separate scenes, a family (including the children) all drink some homemade punch. Though the story is fundamentally about greed and redemption, this adaptation has a strong sense of optimism throughout and an ending that exudes unbridled festive joy.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:December 16, 1938
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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