A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol (1938)
The classic Charles Dickens tale that tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. With his humbug attitude toward Christmas (and everyday life), Scrooge is destined to suffer the same fate as his late partner, Jacob Marley, to forever wander the Earth in misery. But, unlike his partner, he gets the chance to save himself and find the true Christmas spirit when he’s visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Can he change his ways before it's too late? Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching 1938’s “A Christmas Carol”.

∙ After Bob Cratchit leaves work on Christmas Eve, he gets bombarded by an onslaught of snowballs thrown by the local children. During the melee, Bob’s hat comes off his head and in the farther view from behind the children, he is seen picking his hat off the ground. The scene cuts to a close-up view of Bob and he's seen dropping his hat and picking it up again. When it cuts back to the original, farther view, Bob has his hat on his head once more.

∙ Bob Cratchit is teaching the children the proper way to make and throw a snowball. When he throws it, Bob accidentally hits Scrooge and is immediately fired on Christmas Eve. As he’s making his way home, he’s behind the merchant carrying the goose. In close-up views of him, Bob’s scarf is draped around his neck and over the front of his shoulder. But in other views of him as he's walking, the scarf is pulled back.

∙ After buying all of the holiday treats for the family, Bob finally arrives home. He opens the front door, steps in and closes it with his foot. As he’s talking to Mrs. Cratchit, the door slowly opens again. But when they step down, the door is closed behind them.

“A Christmas Carol” (1938) is based on the story by Charles Dickens and stars Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, June Lockhart, Terry Kilburn, Leo G. Carroll, Lionel Braham, Ann Rutherford and D’Arcy Corrigan. It runs 69 minutes and is Unrated.

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