CHRISTMAS CAROL, A (1938)
MGM's family-friendly 1938 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic, long a holiday season television staple alongside the spookier 1951 British version, stars character actor Reginald Owen as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Gene Lockhart plays his put-upon clerk Bob Cratchit, alongside his real-life wife Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Cratchit and their real-life daughter June Lockhart — here just a teen, later a television stalwart in LASSIE, LOST IN SPACE, PETTICOAT JUNCTION and GENERAL HOSPITAL — making her screen debut in an uncredited role as their daughter Belinda. Music by Franz Waxman. DIR Edwin L. Marin; SCR Hugo Butler, from the novel by Charles Dickens; PROD Joseph L. Mankiewicz. U.S., 1938, b&w, 69 min. NOT RATED
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