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A Christmas Carol (1951) Review


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It's probably the best-known version of A Christmas Carol on film, but sadly this 1951 rendition has aged terribly. Watch it today and you'll immediately note the atrocious sound quality and that the special effects aren't any better than the version made in 1938. Alastair Sim is appropriately grumpy as Scrooge, but he adds little to the role that any other actor has brought to it. Frankly, of all the versions of Carol that are out there, this is the first I'd skip.

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The Old Dark House Review


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William Castle "horror" movies don't get much more harmless than this, a simplistic and good-natured romp starring Tom Poston (of Newhart fame). Poston stars as an American in England, invited to visit an eccentric man's mansion, where other eccentric characters quickly find themselves killed. Goofy humor and really cheap fright gags abound. You'll forget it the moment it's over, though it should go without saying that you can never have too much Robert Morley in a movie.
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