A Christmas Carol (1951)

A Christmas Carol (1951)
Ebenezer Scrooge isn’t known for being a kind or generous person. After a lifetime of stinginess and reprehensible ways, Scrooge finds himself at the mercy of three ghosts who come to visit him on Christmas Eve. Will Scrooge change his ways or will he suffer the same fate of his business partner, Jacob Marley? Here are some movie mistakes to looks for while watching 1951’s “A Christmas Carol”.

∙ Scrooge is getting ready to leave the office while complaining to Bob Cratchit about taking the day off for Christmas. When Scrooge puts his coat on, his scarf is covered by the coat. It’s still that way when he leaves the office. But, as he’s out on the streets, Scrooge’s scarf is now over his coat.

∙ Scrooge and Marley are at the table with Mr. Jorkin and the other board members. The wider view of everyone around the table shows Marley has his hands on either side of his chest. But, in the close-up views and Marley and Scrooge, his hands are folded together across his stomach.

∙ Mrs. Dilber comes to tell Scrooge that Marley is dying. She gives the message to Bob and the right side view of him, when she grabs his hands and says “he’s breathing…”, shows he’s placed the quill he’d been holding in his right hand on top of the ledger he’d been working on. The scene cuts to a front view and he’s holding the quill once again and quickly puts it down on the ledger again. Bob walks away and he’s talking to Scrooge. A close-up of the housekeeper shows the quill is no longer on the ledger but is to the left of it. When Bob Cratchit returns and tells Mrs. Dilber that Scrooge will go at seven, the quill is back on the ledger.

∙ When the Ghost of Christmas Present asks “Is your heart unmoved towards us then?”, his left arm is down by his side with his hand in his lap. It cuts to a wider view and his left arm is up, outstretched, with his hand toward Scrooge.

∙ Scrooge gives Mrs. Dilber a coin, takes her hand and tells her it’s a Christmas present. She slowly pulls her hand away and looks at the coin. The scene cuts to a front view of Scrooge and he’s still holding Mrs. Dilber’s hand.

“A Christmas Carol” (1951) stars Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Horndern and Kathleen Harrison. It runs 86 minutes and is Unrated.

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