by Sherry Gloag
Why, when I’m not a film buff, have a chosen a film from 1951 as my favourite film? Well, because the lead actor, Alastair Sim had the gift of what I describe as, a ‘mobile face’. He could and did play the famous role of Miss Fritton, headmistress in two of the St Trinians as convincingly and hilariously as he did the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge the 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.
Sim had a gift of creating laughter in roles others actors played seriously. His role as Scrooge in the film adaptation of Charles Dickens faithful classic in1951 is a wonderful example.
In this Christmas classic film director Brian Desmond Hurst creates the wonderful and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Through the intervention of the ghost of his former partner and of three spirits Scrooge learns the error of his ways in this faithful adaptation of the Dickens classic.
This verion, more than any other captures the spirit of Dickens story implicitly, add Alalstair Sim and the rest of the quality cast and you have a film that will last through many generations as a keeper.
Alastair Sim’s incredible ability to portray every facet of emotion from anger through contempt, disbelieve, vulnerability, loss, regret and the stirring of joy as the film comes to such a hopeful conclusion is all portrayed in minute detail and still endears the old rogue to his audience. The rest of the cast is a role-call of top actors of the day. Mervyn Johns presents an excellent Cratchett with his ability to rise above the enormous degradation he is exposed to by his boss. Michael Horden, as Scrooge’s late business partner Marley lays the foundation of the story with chilling clarity and promises impending doom if Scrooge ignores his warnings.
Scrooge has turned away from the love of a good women to take the acquisition of money as his mistress, he denies his nephew for reasons beyond the poor man’s control, and yet the skilful portrayal of this atrocious character by Sim instils sympathy for Scrooge on several occasions during the film. Awesome as the rest of the cast is, Alastair Sim carries every moment in the film, by demonstrating his versatility as an actor.
There are several versions of A Christmas Carol, but this is the one I return to each year. I cry, I laugh, I join in the carol singing, and I sigh with contentment during the closing scenes, and thank Alastair Sim for accepting the part and giving me such pleasure every year.
Sherry Gloag lives in the East of England, where, like those who may, like Christopher Robin, enjoy watching the ‘Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace’, she enjoys watching the changing of the seasons in the countryside.
When she found it increasingly difficult to find romances she enjoyed, she decided to try her hand at writing them. She has four books and several short stories published and another awaiting its release date. “I enjoy meeting my characters, sharing their lives and giving them a HEA after making them jump through several emotional hoops.”
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