Scrooge (1970)

Movie Summary

The spirit of Christmas becomes a musical celebration of life in this rousing adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved family classic, A Christmas Carol. Mean-spirited and stingy, Ebenezer Scrooge (Albert Finney) has a sour face and “humbug” for anyone who crosses his path. But on this Christmas Eve, he will learn the terrible fate that awaits him if he continues his miserly ways. One by one, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take the startled Ebenezer on an incredible journey through time – showing him in one magical night what takes most people a lifetime to learn.

Is it available to purchase or rent?

Yes

2022 Dates, Times, and Channels

Not airing this week (has not aired on TV since 2017)

This movie normally airs throughout the holiday season on the Turner Movie Classics Channel. For a complete schedule of dates and times, please click here.

Year Released

1970

Cast Includes

Albert Finney (Ebenezer Scrooge), Edith Evans (Ghost of Christmas Past), Kenneth More (Ghost of Christmas Present), Paddy Stone (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come), Alec Guinness (Jacob Marley’s Ghost), Michael Medwin (Harry), Laurence Naismith (Mr. Fezziwig), David Collings (Bob Cratchit), Anton Rodgers (Tom Jenkins), Suzanne Neve (Isabel Fezziwig)

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9 thoughts on “Scrooge (1970)

  • December 24, 2022 at 6:00 AM
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    This is absolutely the best version of Scrooge I have ever seen and Albert Finney does the best portrayal of the transformation of Scrooge than any other actor. Great music and done in way only an English cast and director could convey what Dickens really wanted his story to tell. I liken the way I felt when I first saw this movie to the way I felt when I first saw “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It just makes you feel good at the end. I think TCM could awaken a whole new generation to this movie if they just gave it some exposure. It took “It’s a Wonderful Life” 30 years to capture attention and I think this movie could do the same.

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  • December 3, 2022 at 4:57 PM
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    I remember seeing this as a boy when it was first released and loving the whole experience. I have watched it many times since and still consider it my favorite version of A Christmas Carol. Just wish it was on more often.

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  • December 25, 2021 at 11:03 AM
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    Albert Finney as Scrooge is hands down remarkable, the best Christmas Carol movie out there. Is there a reason it is not played anymore? Thank god my family gave me the dvd! Musically wonderful as well as the incomparable Finney. Bring it back!!

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  • December 11, 2021 at 1:39 PM
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    Yeah the last few years TCM seems to have gone woke and cut back on the numbers of Christmas movies they play. The 1970 Scrooge has only been played a couple of times in the last 3 years and it is an awesome movie. There are a number of good Christmas movies out there old and relatively new that they could play, but they don’t anymore. It’s a shame because the season is an awesome season and to downplay it is not really something that is appreciated by the vast majority of the country. Yeah you can go to Hallmark or lifetime or Hallmark movies and Mysteries or GAC family or up and watch a whole bunch of new ones all the same plot something exciting happens to people fall in love there’s a misunderstanding they break up and he get back together with five minutes left in the movie. But I like movies that have some teeth to them something that has some real twists and turns! Like the Christmas heart, or Christmas in Conway. The 1938 Scrooge or the 1953 A Christmas Carol. How about Holiday Inn, or Christmas in Connecticut? What about Meet Me In St Louis? Miracle on 34th Street, One Magic Christmas, a Holiday Affair, or The Bishop’s Wife etc.!

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  • December 7, 2021 at 4:23 AM
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    I agree – TCM’s Christmas movies are subpar this year! It should be the whole month between Thanksgiving and Christmas…and while you’re at it – try finding and throwing in some Hanukkah movies – there have to be some out there, even if obscure and hard to find!

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  • November 15, 2016 at 7:49 PM
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    Please send me list of Scrooge movies , when they are on and what Channel..thanks

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    • November 25, 2017 at 7:08 PM
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      Boy I wish I knew I always loved this movie👍

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      • November 25, 2022 at 7:46 PM
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        Plz put on Albert Finneys Scrooge on in 2022…plz let me know times…love it

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