Scrooge | 1970 | Albert Finney, Edith Evans

Scrooge | 1970 | Albert Finney, Edith Evans

Albert Finney took over the role of Dickens’s crotchety old miser three weeks before production after both Richard Harris and Rex Harrison had to drop out because of other commitments. Although rather hammy at times, Finney holds the screen throughout, and has a reasonable singing voice in this musicalization of A Christmas Carol.

He is supported by a top-drawer British cast, including Alec Guinness, Kenneth More and 83-year-old Edith Evans as the various ghosts. The designs by Searle and the photography by Morris are evocative. Pity, therefore, Bricusse’s score is so forgettable, including the Oscar-nominated song, ‘Thank You Very Much’.

Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge
Edith Evans as Ghost of Christmas Past
Kenneth More as Ghost of Christmas Present
Laurence Naismith as Mr. Fezziwig
Alec Guinness as Jacob Marley’s Ghost
Michael Medwin as Nephew Fred
David Collings as Bob Cratchit
Anton Rodgers as Tom Jenkins
Suzanne Neve as Isabel Fezziwig
Frances Cuka as Ethel Cratchit
Derek Francis as 1st Gentleman of Charity
Gordon Jackson as Tom – Friend of Harry’s
Roy Kinnear as 2nd Gentleman of Charity
Mary Peach as Fred’s Wife
Paddy Stone as Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Kay Walsh as Mrs. Fezziwig
Geoffrey Bayldon as Pringle – Toyshop Owner
Helena Gloag as 2nd Woman Debtor
Reg Lever as Punch and Judy Man
Keith Marsh as Well Wisher (as Keith March)
Marianne Stone as Party Guest
Molly Weir as 1st Woman Debtor
Richard Beaumont as Tiny Tim

Production Design: Terence Marsh
Art Direction: Robert Cartwright
Set Dresser: Pamela Cornell
Director Of Photography: Oswald Morris
Director: Ronald Neame
Editor: Peter Weatherley
Producer: Robert H. Solo
Novel: Charles Dickens
Screenplay: Leslie Bricusse

UK | 113 minutes | 1970



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