Neat! A ViewMaster version of A Christmas Carol!
Jacob Marley, Door Knocker.
My favorite part of the story!
AWESOME video. This guy did a piano transcription of Richard Addinsell’s score to 1951’s A Christmas Carol AKA Scrooge! Beautiful score!
Here’s the 1910 version of A Christmas Carol by Thomas Edison. Here are some of the things I noticed about the production.
- When the solicitors for the poor (three of them in this version) enter, they are covered with snow, which is a nice touch.
- Nephew Fred comes after the solicitors, so perhaps Scrooge turning the charity workers away came first to better establish him as a miser before Fred comes.
- Fred brings along some friends, for some reason. Scrooge is polite enough to bow when they leave.
- Marley’s face appears in the knocker once, fades away, then reappears as if to mock Scrooge or to say “Yeah, you saw that right. You’re not hallucinating, old man.”
- The sets in this are much better than the 1901 version, which just had painted backdrops. Here, they have three-dimensional scenery. A big step up.
- Christmas Past is simply referred to as “The Spirit of Christmas.”
- Instead of Scrooge visiting the past, the past is actually brought to him, much like in the 1901 version. Most likely this was due to budgeting.
- The guy playing Scrooge, Marc McDermott, is a pretty good actor. You can really see his joy at reliving the happier moments of his past, and his sadness when it fades away.
- Scrooge looks so modest and guilty when Bob Cratchit toasts him. It’s actually kind of adorable.
- In a strange move, it appears that Fred’s friends all leave him because he doesn’t have any money. :(
- Ignorance and Want make a brief appearance, although Ignorance is renamed Misery.
- I think all the spirits are being played by the same woman.
- Yikes, we actually see Scrooge die!
- Mrs. Dilber sits by his side as he dies, then makes off with his ring (?).
- All we see for the future is Scrooge’s tombstone and his death. We’re left to assume everything else. THERE IS NO TINY TIM.
- Scrooge is so distraught that he faints dead away at the sight of his grave, only to wake up a little later to hear Christmas Carolers outside. His joyful reaction is kind of hilarious, with him doing a little jig and tossing money out the window. :)
- Scrooge looks a little bit like a creeper as he sneaks down the street, trying to conceal his joy.
- Even though there’s no dialogue, it’s hard not to feel Scrooge’s happiness!
- Scrooge gives Fred a note saying that Fred will be his business partner (sorry, Bob) and will be able to marry the girl he loves, cause he’s got cash…which kind of goes against what made Fred so great, since Fred’s whole character is his generosity and being able to see past money’s value and know what’s really important.
- Mrs. Cratchit is terrified when Scrooge comes into their house! Ha!
- Bob is ready to hit Scrooge with a poker, thinking he’s crazy! This is really cute!
- Everyone is happy as we fade out!
Well, I certainly enjoyed it, despite the bungling of the Fred part at the end. It was too melodrama-y. Also, the lack of a Tiny Tim is a little weird. It’s odd to have a version of this story that doesn’t end with the traditional “God Bless Us Everyone.” But besides that, I really liked it, especially Mr. McDermott’s performance as Scrooge! I highly recommend this little film!
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