The Movie: Scrooge (aka: A Christmas Carol) (1951)
What Is It?: The best adaptation of Dickens’s perennial ghost story has the atmosphere of a Hammer Horror movie, the cinematography of a great film noir, and one of cinema’s most moving performances from Alastair Sim. Look out for the cameos from Hammer’s Carol Marsh and Universal’s Ernest Thesiger (“Do you like egg nog? It is my only weakness”).
Why Today?: The film’s events begin on Christmas Eve.