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A Christmas Carol (1938) Review


Very Good
For a film made in 1938, this A Christmas Carol has a lot going for it. In fact, it's probably the most underrated version of the classic Dickens story ever filmed.

Reginald Owen is a spot-on Scrooge, making like miserable for his devoted assistant Bob Cratchitt (Gene Lockhart). In this version of the story, Cratchitt is fired on Christmas Eve due to an ill-timed snowball, but Bob is so irrepressible that he blows his last shilling on delicious foodstuffs for his family, including the wee, crippled Tiny Tim (Terry Kilburn).

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A Christmas Carol (1938) Review


Very Good
For a film made in 1938, this A Christmas Carol has a lot going for it. In fact, it's probably the most underrated version of the classic Dickens story ever filmed.

Reginald Owen is a spot-on Scrooge, making like miserable for his devoted assistant Bob Cratchitt (Gene Lockhart). In this version of the story, Cratchitt is fired on Christmas Eve due to an ill-timed snowball, but Bob is so irrepressible that he blows his last shilling on delicious foodstuffs for his family, including the wee, crippled Tiny Tim (Terry Kilburn).

Continue reading: A Christmas Carol (1938) Review

A Christmas Carol Review


Very Good
For a film made in 1938, this A Christmas Carol has a lot going for it. In fact, it's probably the most underrated version of the classic Dickens story ever filmed.

Reginald Owen is a spot-on Scrooge, making like miserable for his devoted assistant Bob Cratchitt (Gene Lockhart). In this version of the story, Cratchitt is fired on Christmas Eve due to an ill-timed snowball, but Bob is so irrepressible that he blows his last shilling on delicious foodstuffs for his family, including the wee, crippled Tiny Tim (Terry Kilburn).

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Robinson Crusoe (1954) Review


Good
I am always a fan of Robinson Crusoe movies up until the point where Friday comes along, which inevitably turns the formerly heroic Crusoe into a kind of cruel slaver and Friday as his jibbering lackey. Luis Buñuel's crude adaptation isn't any different, switching instantly from an exciting tale of of survival into something altogether different. The film here is also terribly erratic in quality -- parts are lush and sumptuous, while alternate scenes recall old sword-and-sandals flicks, with blown-out lighting and ham-fisted acting. A true oddity for Buñuel.

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