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A Christmas Carol

This 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' well-known story A Christmas Carol is a black and white version of the holiday classic. It stars Alastair Sim as the miserly Scrooge. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 02 Dec 1951
Video Release: 01 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Overall: A
Alastair Sim is the perfect Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1951 black and white version of Dickens’ classic tale. Although the ghostly visitors may be a little scary for very young viewers, the reminders of Christmas’ true meaning and “Mankind is our business” are messages that can “...bless us, everyone.”

Violence: B+
The helpless plight of the poor and homeless is depicted throughout the film. Ghostly apparitions portrayed, one in dark hooded cloak has “grim reaper” appearance. Character occasionally screams or whimpers in fear. Unexplainably, bell rings, clock chimes, and door flies open. Deaths of ailing man and woman shown. Frightened woman screams and runs away from man who appears crazy.

Sexual Content: A
Embracing man and woman exchange ring. Man affectionately kisses woman on two occasions.

Language: A
At least: one term of Deity exclaimed in prayerful fashion.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A-
Gin punch served at dinner. People make toasts at social gathering. Man claims he is “as giddy as a drunken man.”

Character justifies embezzlement. Several characters use unfair advantage to secure business deals. Thin and scantly clad beggar children shown. Characters justify stealing from dead man.

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