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UK Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol the movie was released in the UK in 1951 starring Alastair Sim,  Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner, and others. There was at least one earlier version made in 1938. (Many more recent versions have been made including Christmas Carol 2009 with Scrooge as Jim Carrey.)

A Christmas Carol UK movie

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The film was titled Scrooge starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. Iin the UK and became an instant hit. In the US, the movie was re-released and titled A Christmas Carol. Its premier was intended to take place at the New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, but it was determined that the film was too gloomy, so it opened at the Guild Theatre instead in November, 1951. It received mixed reviews and generally was not a great box office success.

The movie nevertheless became a yearly Christmas Eve tradition by the 1960s due to the New York local station WCBS-TV Channel 2. The film was shown in two or three times back to back during the late night hours of Christmas Eve. Finally, in the 1970’s the movie became popular in the US when it was shown on local PBS and NET stations.