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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 24, 2018  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

Here’s another well-time holiday movie telecast: The 1938 version of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, starring Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s a short movie adaptation of a very short book, so when this 10 p.m. ET showing is over, it’ll still be a few minutes shy of midnight – plenty of time to make room for your own midnight spirits. (I prefer Scotch.) And what’s interesting about this particular adaptation is that Marley’s Ghost is played by Leo G. Carroll. Fifteen years later, Carroll would play a man haunted by ghosts of his own – as Cosmo Topper in the TV version of Topper. But in this film, he’s a different type of Christmas Carroll.

 
 
 
 
 
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