If you’re going to watch one version of the Christmas Carol this year, make it the Alistair Sim version. Alistair Sim’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge is — quite simply — the best. Done to perfection. Amen. Roll credits.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re familiar with Dicken’s story. Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. In Alistair Sim’s version, the transformation is so complete that it leaves you wondering if old Scrooge might have gone off the deep end.
He opens a door and jumps, not sure who or what to expect on the other side. He sings. He laughs himself into hysterics, and Scrooge even stands on his head.
Take the clip above. It’s the scene where Cratchit arrives for work late on December 26th. Scrooge can’t contain himself. He keeps looking up from his work like a little kid asking “Is he here yet? Is he here yet?” Scrooge tries to pull one over on Cratchit, melts into a giggling mess then delivers one of the best lines of the film.
“I haven’t taken leave of my senses, Bob. I’ve come to them.”
Oh I know — some of you like the Patrick Stewart version. Others prefer the George C. Scott version. For those of you who like the 1970 musical version starring Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness, obviously you were dropped on your head as a child. (Help yourself to a loaded egg nog before you attempt watching that one.) But if you ask my husband and I, the 1951 Alistair Sim version of the Christmas Carol is the only way to go.
Ooh, and make sure you look for the mistake! On Christmas morning, Scrooge hears the church bells then looks into his bedroom mirror. Look in the lower left corner of the mirror and you can see one of the crew members in the shot.