Sunday, December 24, 2006

Favorite Scenes from a Favorite Christmas Movie

"A Christmas Carol"
by Charles Dickens, 1951, Black & White
Ebenezer Scrooge played by:
Alistair Sim
1900 - 1976

This is one of my favorite Christmas movies and I particularly like the ending. Here are a few of my very favorite scenes. I haven't seen it in a few years so I enjoyed researching it and seeing the photos!

Ebenezer (Christmas Eve): “I suppose you'll be wanting the whole day off tomorrow as usual.”
Bob Cratchit: “If quite convenient, sir.”
Ebenezer: “Every Christmas you say the same thing. And every Christmas it's just as inconvenient as the Christmas before. Good night.”

That night, on Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge was visited, in his dreams, by Jacob Marley and the Spirits of Christmases past, present, and future. He awoke on Christmas morning redeemed and happy to be alive.

Mrs. Dilber: “Are you all right, Mr. Scrooge?”
Ebenezer: [ecstatic] “I... I don't know. I don't know anything. I never did know anything.” [starts laughing] But now I KNOW that I don't know anything!”
Ebenezer: [Giggling] “No. Mrs. Dilber - I'm not mad. [He ruffles his hair so that it looks wild] Even if I look it!”

Ebenezer: [grumpily] “I don't deserve to be so happy. [starts laughing uncontrollably again] Ebenezer: “I can't help it!”

Ebenezer: [ecstatic having been given a second chance and dancing around] “I must... I must stand on my head! [frightened Mrs. Dilber runs away, down the staircase, screaming] I don't know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. [opens his window wide and shouts] A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!'"

Ebenezer: [to himself in the mirror, laughing] “A merry Christmas, Ebenezer! You old HUMBUG! Oh, and a happy new year! As if you deserved it!”

Bob Cratchit arrived to work eighteen minutes late on Christmas morning.
Ebenezer: [to Bob Cratchit] “Well, my friend, I'm not going to beat around the bush. I'm simply not going to stand this sort of thing any longer. Which leaves me no choice, but to raise your salary. I'll raise your salary, and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon, over a Christmas bowl of smoking bishop, Bob. Make up the fires, and buy another coal-scuttle before you dot another i, Bob Cratchit!” [starts laughing hysterically]

Ebenezer: [to Fred's wife] “Can you ever forgive a pig-headed old fool without eyes to see nor ears to hear all these years?”
Fred: “Why bless my soul. Who's that?”
Ebenezer: “It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner. Will you let me in, Fred?”

Tiny Tim: God bless us, every one!


Anonymous said...

We watch this movie after we get home on Christmas Eve. A great classic... God bless you every one!

Susan Gets Native said...

God bless us, indeed!

Merry Christmas, Mary!

Reel Fanatic said...

This is indeed a classic at my house too, but I have to admit, I also equally love that silly Muppet Christmas Carol .. it just doesn't get much more fun than that .. Merry Christmas!

Jayne said...

Merry Christmas Mary!

Anonymous said...

Mary, I have had a wonderful Christmas and hope that you have as well. May your New Year be every bit as good and hopefully next year will be even better than the last.
Love Ya,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post Mary! I just saw this for the first time the other day, and enjoyed it very much.

Anonymous said...

I've seen it countless times and I still cry every time.