A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol (1938)

One of the better versions of the Dickens classic features Reginald Owen as Scrooge, real-life relatives Gene, Kathleen and June Lockhart as the Cratchit family, and Terence Kilburn as Tiny Tim.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 16, 1938
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Emanuel Levy

Effective adaptation of Charles Dickens novel, well acted by Reginald Owen and the rest of the cast.

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TV Guide

A great and eternally heart-warming film that can stand an appreciative viewing every year through every decade.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Edwin L. Marin robustly directs the Charles Dickens classic.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

A gentle, less scary version of the classic.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The movie is nothing if not sincere, which goes a long way in a sentimental tale like this one.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Second best version of holiday must-see.

Steve Biodrowski

Although slightly corn-ball, this 1938 production...should appeal to fans of old-fashioned Hollywood-style filmmaking.

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Christopher Null

Most viewers will still remember other versions of the film more readily, but this is one worth seeking out 'round holiday time.

Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

This is a timeless ode to Dikie- Look for the Barrymore version too...

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Mister Caple
Alastair Sim's 1951 version has it's devotees,but many consider this 1938 version a favorite of one of the screen adaptations based on Charles… More
jay nixon
Adequate film version of Dickens classic. Scrooge's transformation is presented as happening a little too quickly.
Bruce Bruce
This is film number 7 of 30, the first and original Christmas Carol. Thought I have seen many different versions of this film, this is the first time I have… More
Luke Baldock
Clocking in at a short 69 minutes it's no surprise that this leaves out a few parts. What is surprising are the parts that have been left out. Most… More
Devon Bott
A story like this that has been made into countless film adaptations can be a little difficult to discern from all the others. When it comes down to it, all we… More
Jason Spencer
At this point I think the movie is a little over rated. It's not as funny as everyone remembers it being.