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A Christmas Carol (1951)

Opens on December 17

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst Run Time: 86 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1951

Starring: Alastair Sim, Brian Worth, George Cole, Glyn Dearman, Mervyn Johns

Country: United States
Language: English

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About the film:

Ebenezer Scrooge, a curmudgeonly, miserly businessman, has no time for sentimentality and largely views Christmas as a waste of time. However, this Christmas Eve he will be visited by three spirits who will show him the errors of his ways.

This moving story from filmmaker Brian Desmond Hurst is considered by critics and audiences alike to be the definitive version of Charles Dickens’ classic novel “A Christmas Carol”.

About the filmmaker:

Brian Desmond Hurst was a Belfast-born film director of more than thirty features, including the beloved adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol (1951). After serving in World War I, Hurst moved to Canada and eventually wound up in Hollywood, where he studied the craft of filmmaking under the tutelage of famed director John Ford. Hurst returned to his home country and made what is generally considered to be Ireland’s first sound film, Norah O’Neale (1934), and The Fugitive (1939), which is regarded as one of the first British noir films. He made a series of war films, including the controversial Irish rebellion feature River of Unrest (1936), followed by the romantic drama Suicide Squadron (1941), and the commercially successful Theirs Is the Glory (1946). He returned to his Irish roots in two other films, Hungry Hill (1947) and his final film, an adaptation of John Millington Synge’s play The Playboy of the Western World (1962).

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