Thursday, December 23, 2010

My #1

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
my introduction to the story came about from an old cartoon version, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.
the story intrigued me, and the book by Charles Dickens was actually one of the first classes I read before I was 10 years old. I have loved this story since my early youth. And although I had to go the library to get a copy, you can read it online for free:
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about.register at his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon change for anything he put his hand to. Old Marley was dead as a door nail.


over the years I have made a tradition to watch that movie, it has many versions as I can find. The store had been reprised so many times it's almost impossible to keep tabs on every version of it. The latest version released last year 2009 start Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. I have yet to see that version, as I am not a very big Jim Carrey fan. Outside of Liar Liar, and how the Grinch stole Christmas, his perpetual overacting bothers me to no end.

And since I gauge the entire story on the performance of the actor in the lead role, I have very little enjoyment from comedic knockoffs, such as Scrooged starring Bill Murray. There's even a version Where Tori Spelling plays a leading role (couldn't stand it).

my favorite Ebenezer's are:

Henry Winkler,
An American Christmas Carol
a very passable portrayal that does not make you think of Fonzie.

Patrick Stewart
A Christmas Carol
not the best bad guy Ebenezer, but very enjoyable transitioned, good guy Ebenezer.

George C Scott
an excellent bad guy Ebenezer. However, did not transition well into the good guy Ebenezer.

Alastair Sim
A Christmas Carol
usually the critics choice, and for many years it was my choice. This portrayal of the scratching, clawing, nose to the grindstone miser, gave me chills in my youth. And for years when I heard about the bogeyman, this was who I thought of. And his transition portrayal is sheer genius when he actually stands on his head, scares the cleaning woman screaming out of the room.

But recently I have found a new favorite Ebenezer:
Michael Caine

A Muppet Christmas Carol...




Anonymous said...

I loved Mr Magoos Christmas carol as a kid!

Happy Holidays!

Karen said...

Kurt, you're missing out. You've got to watch the new Disney version, it is animated - not the live actors, and you really don't see James Carey as himself in it at all.. it's very very well done. I think, maybe even the best yet. You might change your mind after seeing this, it's heartwarming, beautifully animated, harsh where it needs to be... buy the DVD. I quarantee you'll watch it more than once.

red.neck chic said...

Michael Cain is my favorite. LOLOL

I hope you have the MERRIEST of Christmases!!! I'm sendin' my love and hugs and kisses!!!


Red Shoes said...

Merry Christmas to you!!!

I liked the Alastair Sim one the best... But George C. Scott was pretty good too!!!


Bluebird49 said...

You can tell I'm in my 60s--the Alastair Sim version was truly the best, I think. Haven't seen Murray, Caine, or Carrey--or Stewart--and probably won't!