Originally posted Dec 27th 2008
Woke up on the couch on the 3rd day of Christmas finding myself watching the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol with Reginald Owen.
It is not the best version of the story, Alistair Sim holds that honor helped by first-rate writing.
There was an animated version I watched every year as a kid that was pretty good.
Update: (I didn’t realize it at the first writing that Alastair Sim was Scrooge in this version too.)
The George C. Scott version should be watched at least once as he makes a really first-rate Scrooge (Dr. Who fans will recognize Mark Strickson as young Scrooge)
My wife prefers A Muppet Christmas Carol with Michael Caine
and also Scrooged although we haven’t seen it on TV this year.
My Friend Vinnie from Georgia sent us Rich Little’s Christmas Carol which I haven’t seen in 20 or 30 years as a gift
The Musical version with Albert Finney is just wonderful but I haven’t seen that on the TV either this year
and who can forget Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol made the year before I was born
According to IMDB there have been as of today (12/27/08) 71 versions made or in production starting in 1910 the latest being an animated version due out next year staring Jim Carey in the title role and all of the Ghosts too!
And there is the Patrick Stewart version that I somehow missed from the post back in 2008
It is the classic story that always brings Christmas into my heart, but for some reason Owen always brings the largest smile maybe because it was I knew the most as a child, or maybe because I loved the Lockhearts as the Cratchits or maybe I just love the old Shillings and Pence and all the sliding.
You will read a lot of hemming and hawing on this site concerning politics, religion, my current unemployment and the RedSox but like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end I’ll try to keep Christmas all throughout the year. Life is very good and we all have more to be thankful for than we realize. Keep that in mind you can always produce a smile.
So on this 3rd day of Christmas, God bless us every one!