This last Christmas season, my wife and I were watching the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol (the Alistair Sim one).
We noticed something odd about Scrooge’s house. The interior walls had nice wood paneling, wainscoting, etc, with a nice finish (although dirty because of Scrooge’s pennypinching neglect). But the floors were unfinished, hardly more than bare planks, with quite large gaps between them; more like an underlayment than a floor. Here’s a picture.
I have to assume that the set designers knew what they were doing, or that they actually filmed the interiors in a real house. So what explains the disparity between the high-class walls and the rough floors?
Was the house supposed to have a finished wood floor, but Scrooge had taken it up and sold the fine wood? Was the house supposed to have wall-to-wall carpet (which I didn’t think was a Victorian thing)? Were Victorian floors just rough, and one used various loose carpets to cover most of it?
Or is this just the set designers’ artistic choice?