View Poll Results: Who played Ebenezer Scrooge the best?
Seymour Hicks Scrooge (1935) 0 0%
Reginald Owen A Christmas Carol (1938) 6 6.90%
Alastair Sim A Christmas Carol (1951) 35 40.23%
Albert Finney Scrooge (1970) 9 10.34%
George C. Scott A Christmas Carol (1984) 18 20.69%
Patrick Stewart A Christmas Carol (1999) 8 9.20%
n. fraud; sham; hoax 11 12.64%
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:34 AM
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The Best Scrooge

Ebenezer Scrooge has been portrayed scores of times in film, radio, and television, either as Ebenezer Scrooge, the character from A Christmas Carol, or a 'Scrooge-esque' character in a retelling. To keep things simple for the poll, I've chosen six actors from the films most of us know.

Which actor played Scrooge the best?
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:00 AM
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Bill Murray?
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:02 AM
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Bill Murray?
Not on the list of options.
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:18 AM
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I voted "fraud" in protest of a poll that doesn't include Murray, Quincy Magoo, and Starlight Glimmer. However, I do have to give you props for not including Jim Carrey. The world would be a better place if nothing included Jim Carrey.
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:25 AM
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I voted "fraud" in protest of a poll that doesn't include Murray, Quincy Magoo, and Starlight Glimmer. However, I do have to give you props for not including Jim Carrey. The world would be a better place if nothing included Jim Carrey.
Bill Murray didn't play Ebenezer Scrooge.

As I said, there are about 80 versions of A Christmas Carol in various media, most of which 'nobody has heard of'. The films chosen are, well, films (as opposed to plays, radio plays, Christmas episodes of TV shows, etc.), and are the better-known/best-known productions.

Hey, at least I offered 'Humbug' as an option!
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:26 AM
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Alastair Sim, without a doubt.

Watched it again last night.
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:26 AM
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I voted Sim, but where is Michael Caine? He was nearly as good (and was probably influenced by Sim).
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:27 AM
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Alastair Sim, without a doubt.
I'd say he's the second-best Scrooge.
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:29 AM
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I voted Sim, but where is Michael Caine? He was nearly as good (and was probably influenced by Sim).
If he was nearly as good as Sim, then you wouldn't have voted for him anyway.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:05 AM
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Bill Murray didn't play Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Hey, at least I offered 'Humbug' as an option!
I'll use the humbug option and vote Murray anyway.

Names aside, he certainly played the character of Scrooge.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:11 AM
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Reginald Owen, the best Scrooge. It is also the best movie version. The Alistair Sims version is highly overrated, in my opinion.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:12 AM
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Bill Murray didn't play Ebenezer Scrooge.
But you also said "or a 'Scrooge-esque' character in a retelling." You then didn't go on to say that "Scrooge-esque characters" don't count.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:20 AM
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But you also said "or a 'Scrooge-esque' character in a retelling." You then didn't go on to say that "Scrooge-esque characters" don't count.
I thought that was implied. (And the thread title is 'The Best Scrooge'. )
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:25 AM
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I voted Sim, but where is Michael Caine? He was nearly as good (and was probably influenced by Sim).
Yes, he's great. My kids are watching it right now.

It also might be the best Christmas Carol movie. It both capture the story and has a lot of fun doing so. It may be very silly of me to think it, but I think Dickens would have loved this movie.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:35 AM
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I thought that was implied. (And the thread title is 'The Best Scrooge'. )
I love you, Johnny, but that's weak.

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Old 12-09-2017, 10:41 AM
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Reginald Owen, the best Scrooge. It is also the best movie version. The Alistair Sims version is highly overrated, in my opinion.
I agree with this post completely, except you misspelled George C. Scott in the first sentence.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:56 AM
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I agree with this post completely, except you misspelled George C. Scott in the first sentence.
I voted for Scott. All of the other versions in the poll are portrayed as being mean for the sake of being mean. We watched the 1935 version last night, and they did show Belle, but for the most part the versions show Scrooge as a bitter old bastard without any real context. George C. Scott plays Scrooge with a certain glee that is missing from the others. The line about boiling people in their own pudding stands out especially. And unlike versions where Scrooge 'sees the light' almost immediately, we get to see Scott's Scrooge evolve. In the 1984 version, Scrooge seems more like a real person.

The 1984 version also has the best Ghost of Christmas Present. Edward Woodward delivers a couple of lines especially well. ('It's all Bob Cratchit can afford!') Overall, I like the 1984 version the best. But some of the characters are even bigger 'geese' than the same characters in other versions.

Incidentally, the worst Ghost of Christmas Present is in Hicks's 1935 version. He doesn't seem very merry. The creepiest Tiny Tim was in the 1938 version, though the 1984 version has a disturbing look as well.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:24 AM
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. . . Quincy Magoo . . .
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I voted Sim, but where is Michael Caine? . . .
If Magoo had been on the list, he'd have gotten my vote.

Caine was also darn good, and certainly better than Scott.

Stewart does a good audio version, but not a very good video production.
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:16 PM
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I can't vote as I have never seen any of the mentioned versions. I'm probably an anomaly. My first thought was Bill Murray, then Scrooge McDuck, then Rowan Atkinson.
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:23 PM
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I voted for Scott. All of the other versions in the poll are portrayed as being mean for the sake of being mean. We watched the 1935 version last night, and they did show Belle, but for the most part the versions show Scrooge as a bitter old bastard without any real context. George C. Scott plays Scrooge with a certain glee that is missing from the others. The line about boiling people in their own pudding stands out especially. And unlike versions where Scrooge 'sees the light' almost immediately, we get to see Scott's Scrooge evolve. In the 1984 version, Scrooge seems more like a real person.

The 1984 version also has the best Ghost of Christmas Present. Edward Woodward delivers a couple of lines especially well. ('It's all Bob Cratchit can afford!') Overall, I like the 1984 version the best. But some of the characters are even bigger 'geese' than the same characters in other versions.

Incidentally, the worst Ghost of Christmas Present is in Hicks's 1935 version. He doesn't seem very merry. The creepiest Tiny Tim was in the 1938 version, though the 1984 version has a disturbing look as well.
And the absolute best Marley. "MANKIND WAS MY BUSINESS!!"
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:28 PM
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How about the most slappable Scrooge?
(Santa could also use a good mugging, there)

I think Tracey Morgan, Bieber, and David Beckham should give the character a whirl. (or maybe a daring, slightly androgynous turn from Tilda Swinton)

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Old 12-09-2017, 12:34 PM
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The world would be a better place if nothing included Jim Carrey.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:21 PM
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Coincidentally, I'm off to see a stage production of The Klingon Christmas Carol tomorrow. You can't really appreciate Dickens until you've heard it in the original Klingon.

https://edgeoforion.com/klingon-christmas-carol/
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:24 PM
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I would also vote for Jim Backus as Mr. Magoo.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:41 PM
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I voted Bah, Humduck! starring Daffy Duck, or Joe Alaskey, if you prefer the actor.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:50 PM
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I can't vote as I have never seen any of the mentioned versions. I'm probably an anomaly. My first thought was Bill Murray, then Scrooge McDuck, then Rowan Atkinson.
Rowan Atkinson was my first thought, before even opening the thread. Then I saw the options and thought WTELF? Just an unconscionable oversight.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:03 PM
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Reginald Owen, the best Scrooge. It is also the best movie version. The Alistair Sims version is highly overrated, in my opinion.
I agree with this, Sim only wins because it's shown a lot more often.

Sidenote: I remember when I was little (maybe 5 or 6?) my parents waking up me and my older sister one evening and bringing us out to the living room to watch the Sim version of this movie. I think they were trying to counter our childlike greed for presents that we were probably displaying ad nauseum.

Anyway, the reason I don't think Sim is as good is that, as an actor, he tended towards the good-natured wiseacre sort of role (at least from what I've seen) and too much of that shows through in this performance, even when he's supposed to be grouchy. And his acting in the ghost scenes is too broad. It's not a bad version by any means, just not the best.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:09 PM
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George C. Scott was excellent as Scrooge -- Scott was the consummate actor. But I have to admit that my overall favorite version has now become the Zemeckis/Carrey version, which is not only the most faithful to the letter and spirit of the book, but also to its illustrations. I'll forgive them their visual extravagances and the slapstick -- the overall acting is superb. I never thought I'd say this, but Jim Carey really did an incredible job, not only as Scrooge, but as the Spirits of Christmas Past and Present as well.
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I still don't understand it. Alistair Sim was good. George C. Scott was great.

Every poll I have ever seen on the board comes out the same.
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:10 PM
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the reason I don't think Sim is as good is that, as an actor, he tended towards the good-natured wiseacre sort of role (at least from what I've seen) and too much of that shows through in this performance, even when he's supposed to be grouchy. And his acting in the ghost scenes is too broad. It's not a bad version by any means, just not the best.

I now can't stop picturing a production with Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge, getting shown the error of his ways by a stammering Jimmy Stewart.

After all, we were pretty much almost there already, right?
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:02 PM
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I now can't stop picturing a production with Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge, getting shown the error of his ways by a stammering Jimmy Stewart.

After all, we were pretty much almost there already, right?
I would watch that.
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Bill Murray is of course the correct answer but i went with my number two and voted Sim.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:14 PM
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I still don't understand it. Alistair Sim was good. George C. Scott was great.

Every poll I have ever seen on the board comes out the same.
Scott is the better actor. But Sim is the better portrayal. Sim wins.
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Inspired by another thread, what would a Tarintino Christmas Carol be like?

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I freely admit the Alastair Sim version is probably a better movie, but I'm a sucker for the Albert Finney version. And this is coming from someone who is not much of a fan of musicals.
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No love for Stewart, man, tough crowd!
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:51 AM
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I voted "fraud" in protest of a poll that doesn't include Murray, Quincy Magoo, and Starlight Glimmer. However, I do have to give you props for not including Jim Carrey. The world would be a better place if nothing included Jim Carrey.
Mr Magoo. I've read the book many times, but if I picture Scrooge, it's Magoo (and McDuck) that come to mind.

And perhaps you never saw "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" -- not a very popular movie, but the one which revealed that when Jim Carrey isn't playing the "Jim Carrey" character, he can play other characters. In fact, to my surprise, it seems that he's a very good actor. It's a pity he got paid so much money for being crap.
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:50 AM
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Scott,, hands down. Ans this is coming from somebody who adored the Finney version as well as grew up with both the Owen and Sim versions, neither of which I cared for. The Finney version scared me to death, especially the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. The scene in the graveyard...:shudder:

Upthread somebody mentioned how Scott played Scrooge "with a twinkle". I agree, and it makes his portrayal much more human than the others. You actually garner sympathy for him as the story continues. I don't ever remember feeling that with anybody else's version.

I've seen the Stewart version a couple of times. It's almost like they gave him the role just because of his accent.
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Curly, of course.

Wait. Best what?
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:52 AM
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Reginald Owen, the best Scrooge. It is also the best movie version. The Alistair Sims version is highly overrated, in my opinion.
I vacillated between Owen and Sim for a a bit before settling on the latter. I have both in my DVD library, though.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:13 AM
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I'm a sucker for the Albert Finney version.
So's my wife. And she's not a big fan of musicals either.
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Inspired by another thread, what would a Tarintino Christmas Carol be like?
Scrooge would be played by Abigail Breslin. Bob Cratchit would be John Goodman. Forrest Whitaker as Tim. Kevin Smith as the ghost of Christmas Past. Snoop Dog as the future ghost. Liberally salted with elements of Candide.
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Old 12-10-2017, 02:06 PM
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Magoo was the first that came to mind and then Murray. I've seen Finney and, I think, Sims-- is this the one where, at the end, he jumps and clicks his heels? Because I remember a black and white version of A Christmas Carol where Scrooge does this and thinking how ridiculous it was, even as a child.

Magoo is my favorite. I have simple tastes.
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Old 12-10-2017, 02:12 PM
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Inspired by another thread, what would a Tarintino Christmas Carol be like?

I figure a man who cites the Bible without really thinking about it would come to see the error of his ways upon acknowledging that what happened here was a miracle, and then he'd hand his possessions over to a guy who could really use them before trying to be a good shepherd who walks the Earth. You know, like Caine in Kung Fu.
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Scrooge would be played by Abigail Breslin. Bob Cratchit would be John Goodman. Forrest Whitaker as Tim. Kevin Smith as the ghost of Christmas Past. Snoop Dog as the future ghost. Liberally salted with elements of Candide.
Scrooge has to be Samuel Jackson. In fact, I think all the other roles should be played by Jacksons. There's the remaining Jackson 5 and the girls. Michael Jacksons kids. Jesse Jackson. Mahala Jackson. There are lots of Jacksons. Full cast easily.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:14 PM
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My favorite of all time is Scrooge McDuck. (especially if we're disqualifying Bill Murray).

I also remember watching the Rich Little's Christmas Carol https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_L...hristmas_Carolas a kid. Rich Little gives a one man performance as all the characters. I thought it was entertaining
but I definitely wouldn't rank it as one of the best.

Any opinions on Henry Winkler's performance as Scrooge in 1979's An American Christmas Carol https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Ame...hristmas_Carol ? Yes, the Fonz played Scrooge.

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Old 12-10-2017, 10:51 PM
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My favorite will always be Mr. Magoo.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:39 PM
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No love for Stewart, man, tough crowd!
The main problem is that his face is not very expressive. Other than that, he's a very good actor, of course.

Richard E. Grant as Bob Cratchit is good. He has a couple of nice moments. Note his apprehensive reaction after showing the two men into Scrooge's office when he realizes they're asking for a charitable contribution.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:46 PM
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I see a few mentions of MaGoo Scrooge and Scrooge McDuck, but haven't seen Fred Flintstone Scrooge or the scrooge-esque Al Bundy
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