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This is my favorite version of the movie "A Christmas Carol." I thought they did a good job with this particular version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvdMjXhPGd0
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I agree.

(Though Mr. Magoo comes in a close second.)

Seriously, though: Patrick Stewart's audio version is also wonderful.
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...and the actor who plays Fred (Roger Rees) was also in "The Prestige". How could a magician not like this version?? Smile

Thanks for the Mr. Magoo reminder, too! Ha!
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I hadn't seen Mr. Magoo nor have I heard Patrick Stewart's audio version either. I will need to check them out some time.
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Just speaking personally, my own favorite film version is the Alastair Sim version from 1951.

I can see Patrick Stewart's voice being very fine for an audio version!
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Magoo Part 1 (you can find links for the rest)

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Mr. Magoo is one of our most underrated actors.
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I agree with Chessman. The Alistair Sim version has always been my favorite.
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Especially since Stewart never once says "make it so" in the movie.
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On 2013-12-08 01:58, Chessmann wrote:
Just speaking personally, my own favorite film version is the Alastair Sim version from 1951.

I can see Patrick Stewart's voice being very fine for an audio version!


Another vote for the 1951 version. The scene near the end when the young housekeeper takes Scrooge's coat and gives him a little nod when he hesitates is one of my favorites.
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Mr Magoo is the version that made me read the story. So, I gotta love that.

"A Christmas Carol" has surely spawned a lot of bad episodic TV knock offs (although I've enjoyed a few).

I also like the Alistair Sim version.

I'm really a Bah Humbug type myself so I can't imagine why I love the story so much but I read it once a year.

I guess I like the redemption story and Dickens is more fun in the shorter story genre (rather than paid by the word LOL).

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Yay! You've given me another opportunity to post this: http://youtu.be/ayW4c9aZXyw
I haven't seen a lot of versions of A Christmas Carol. My sister has the Patrick Stewart audio. I saw someone recommend the Sim version, I believe, a few years ago, and now I'm not sure another could measure up. Looking for a DVD copy, but right now's an expensive time to get it. Most prefer the black and white and I like it, too, but the colour's interesting as a film history goes, as well.
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Anybody see the episode "A bionic Christmas carol" on the six million dollar man.
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I thought the acting in the 1984 version is better. Like the guy who plays scrooge also plays General Patton in the movie Patton. He makes a great scrooge. And the ghost of Scrooges old business partner in chains in the 1984 version did a much better acting job as well than the one in the Patrick Stewart version. I think in some of the older movies, the acting was better than in some of the newer movies. Back then, they didn't have the technology we have today, so to compensate, they had to have better acting skills. So, in many ways, the older movies are still better despite the lack of new technology and special effects that the new movies or newer version movies possess. I am a firm believer in learning various different art from the old timers because they have skills that at times people have tried to replace with technology, yet as it turns out, the technology doesn't produce as good of art as the skills did.
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That guy was George C. Scott. And, yes, he did a great job. Still prefer the Sim version, though. Probably because it was the first one I ever saw.
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Sim version for me, too. His comedy performances in "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" and "The Belles Of St. Trinians" were hilarious!

If you're a sucker for heartwarming old black & white Christmas movies like me, check out "Beyond Tomorrow." That's the original title. But yesterday I saw in my local Barnes and Noble Bookstore that it's being re-marketed as "Beyond Christmas." I got it on sale for less than $5.
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On 2013-12-08 15:55, magicalaurie wrote:
Yay! You've given me another opportunity to post this: http://youtu.be/ayW4c9aZXyw
I haven't seen a lot of versions of A Christmas Carol. My sister has the Patrick Stewart audio. I saw someone recommend the Sim version, I believe, a few years ago, and now I'm not sure another could measure up. Looking for a DVD copy, but right now's an expensive time to get it. Most prefer the black and white and I like it, too, but the colour's interesting as a film history goes, as well.


Classic! My favorite part has always been what follows, where Scrooge goes to visit his nephew, Fred...and the MUSIC that accompanies that scene...
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Alastair Sim's was my favorite too, with the musical a close second.
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I just realized I've been spelling Alastair Sim's name wrong all these years. I guess I'm just too big a fan of Alistair McClean and Alistair Cooke. (In checking that out I learned that the Sim version was originally released in Great Britain as "Scrooge," while in the US it was titled "A Christmas Carol.")

I also agree with Arthur that his performances as the headmistress in the St. Trinian's films were hilarious.

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Of all of the versions I've seen, I've always enjoyed the Alastair Sim version the best. Great Scrooge. The kid who played Tiny Tim was excellent as well.
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