Everyone knows Charles Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visions of Christmas spirits that lead him to live a better life. It’s been a popular story since Dickens wrote it in 1843. The first film adaptation came in 1901, but it wasn’t till the 10th iteration of the classic that producers struck gold.
The 1951 film named alternately A Christmas Carol and Scrooge — depending on whether you’re watching in the States or the UK —is one of the most charming and underrated Christmas movies of all time. The classic story is told with style. Although many of the film’s first viewers found it dreary and depressing, the truth is that it manages to capture the realities of life in Victorian England. These realities are made even more poignant considering Scrooge’s eventual change of heart.