In 2018, Charles Dickens’ classic novella “A Christmas Carol
” turns 175, but its utility as a springboard for movie and TV adaptations shows no signs of slowing down. It’s a classic story of regret and redemption, and its lead character Ebenezer Scrooge offers an arc from misery and cruelty to love and kindness that’s catnip for any actor or actress. (I watched a sleighful of Scrooges for my book “Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas” and am doing you the service of keeping the Barbie and “All Dogs Go to Heaven
” versions off this list.)
Here’s a look at 20 performers who have put their own unique spin on “Bah! Humbug!”Seymour Hicks
” (1935): There were a few silent versions, but this was the screen’s first talking Scrooge
, in a version that’s early-talkie through and through, from the technical limitations to the big, theatrical performances, Hicks’ included.