A Christmas Carol
Film, video and television productions based on the novella by Charles Dickens:
Director Henry Edwards; writer H. Fowler Mear; featuring Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Oscar Asche
Director Edwin L. Marin; writ. Hugo Butler; featuring Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Ann Rutherford, Leo G. Carroll
Also called A Christmas Carol
Director Brian Desmond Hurst; writ. Noel Langley; featuring Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Michael Hordern
Director Ronald Neame Hurst; writ Leslie Bricusse; featuring Albert Finney, Edith Adams, Kenneth Moore, David Collings, Alec Guinness
Animated film: director Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.; writ. Romeo Muller; voices Walter Matthau, Tom Bosley, Theodore Bikel, Dennis Day
Director Richard Boden; writer Richard Curtis, Ben Elton; featuring George C. Scott, David Warner, Roger Rees, Edward Woodward
Director Richard Donner; writ. Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue; featuring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Robert Mitchum
Director Clive Donner; writer Roger O. Hirson; featuring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Robbie Coltrane
Tony Robinson, left, and Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder) are back for a deliciously demoralizaing tale.
Scrooge in reverse
When you've had enough uplifting Dickens, you may need a dose of the misanthropic antidote: Blackadder's Christmas Carol(1988).
It's only forty-eight minutes and made for TV, but it's a hoot. British comic actor Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) revives his cult-favourite series Blackadder about the the similarly-named cynics who span the centuries. This time he focuses on Ebenezer Blackadder in 19th-century London.
But the twist on Dickens is that this Ebenezer's transformation is the opposite of that of Dickens's Scrooge.
This Ebenezer starts out on Christmas Eve as a kindly man who gives generously to all, until visiting spirits, showing him the lives of his family members past and future, convince him he'll have a better life if he turns wicked.
Most of the Blackadder characters, including Tony Robinson as Baldrick, Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent George, Stephen Fry as Lord Melchett, and Miranda Richardson as Queen Elizabeth I are back for the fun.