The film, directed by David Lean protégé Ronald Neame, who'd later make "The Poseidon Adventure," used the versatile Finney as the young and old Scrooge. And without the benefit of digital effects, it made the ghost of Jacob Marley appear to float from scene to scene. It didn't hurt that the legendary Alec Guinness played that role. A mostly faithful rendition of the original text, this "Scrooge" did add a twist of its own: There's a spooky descent into hell filled with rats, chains and Lucifer. That scary five-minute bit often gets cut when the movie's shown on U.S. TV. It's intact on the DVD.
American Cinematheque / Dickens In Film
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