Thursday, February 16, 2017

Seymour Hicks in Scrooge (1935): Review by William Mortensen Vaughan

My Rating**

AdaptationStarring Seymour Hicks as Ebenezer Scrooge in 1935 NOT to be confused with Old Scrooge (1913), which was re-released as A Christmas Carol in 1926

Dates of Release:    U.K.:  Tuesday, November 26, 1935; 

                   U.S.A.:  Saturday, November 30, 1935

Format:  DVD,
live-action, black and white film 

Is this adaptation reverentYes, this adaptation is reverent, including the hymn "Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing" and the phrase "God bless us, everyone!"

What does my wife think of it
She thinks it's O.K.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  This adaptation follows the original novel
fairly well.

Fred goes to Scrooge's office, to invite him to Christmas dinner, but not before two gentlemen visit him, to ask for a charitable donation.

Scrooge visits his "usual, melancholy tavern," after work.

Jacob Marley's face appears, framed by Scrooge's door knocker, but when he appears to Scrooge, in Scrooge's chambers, he is invisible to the viewer, although his voice is audible.  He tells Scrooge that Scrooge is the only person who can see him.

The scene at Fezziwig's Christmas Ball is missing.

The scene at Belle's home, with her children and husband, when Marley is dying, is included.

Scenes of men celebrating Christmas in a lighthouse and at sea are included.   

Fred's Christmas Party is included.

A scene is added, in which Scrooge goes to the poulterer's house on Christmas morning, to buy his prize turkey, and send it to Bob Cratchit's house.  

The scene at Scrooge's office the day after Christmas is included, and Scrooge promises to raise Bob's salary, and to be like a second father to Tiny Tim; then he gives Bob the day off. 

What dialect is used?  Plain English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  London in the 1800's. 

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural? 
Yes, this adaptation is supernatural, with four ghosts, time travel, and visions.
Is this adaptation "framed"

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are includedSeveral hymns and songs are included, including a version of "Ring Around the Rosie," in this adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

How attractive is the visual art?  The set, wardrobe, architecture, and art are poorly done, and sparse, but include several outdoor scenes, and plenty of background extras, at the Exchange, Fred's, and Belle's

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?
  The transitions are adequateThere is even an aerial shot, presumably of London.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, that Marley is invisible.  It is also odd that Scrooge makes a trip to the poulterer's himself, after sending a boy, who returns empty-handed.

What extras are included on the DVDNo extras are included on the DVD.

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