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A Christmas Carol (1938)

Movie Summary

On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge is now and he warns him to change his ways or face the consequences in the afterlife.

A Christmas Carol opened in December 16, 1938 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

Where can I watch A Christmas Carol online?

The 1938 version of A Christmas Carol is available to stream from the following providers:

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Is A Christmas Carol available to buy on DVD?

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When will A Christmas Carol air on TV in 2024?

Not airing this week

This movie normally airs throughout the holiday season on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). For a complete schedule of dates and times, view the TCM Christmas Classics schedule.

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Cast Includes

Reginald Owen (Ebenezer Scrooge), Gene Lockhart (Bob Cratchit), Kathleen Lockhart (Mrs. Cratchit), Ann Rutherford (Spirit of Christmas Past), Lionel Braham (Spirit of Christmas Present), D’Arcy Corrigan (Spirit of Christmas Future), Leo Carroll (Marley’s Ghost), Terry Kilburn (Tiny Tim), Barry MacKay (Fred), Ronald Sinclair (Young Scrooge)

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9 thoughts on “A Christmas Carol (1938)

  • “Absolutely captivating! A true Christmas classic that beautifully captures the essence of Charles Dickens’ beloved story. The performances are simply outstanding, and the black and white cinematography adds a timeless charm to the film. Watching ‘A Christmas Carol’ (1938) is like stepping into a whimsical time machine that fills your heart with joy and the spirit of the holiday season. Thank you for featuring this gem on your website! Warmest regards, Gary Ford”

  • Anita mattingly

    We bought the premium channels and now are you going to charge us for trying to watch it on tv. What a ripoff all this extra charge for streaming etc. where can we find Scrooge. There were at least 3 made. We do not want muppets or animated,

  • James Dombroski

    Who owns these TV channels anti-Americans They want to destroy what America is and not show anything from From the past only woke new shows

  • Marie

    Would love to see the Flintstones Christmas cartoons

  • What is very, very sad is that none of the major TV channels show A Christmas Carol as a Christmas staple anymore, especially the George C. Scott version.

    • You can watch this version and more on YouTube for free

  • Pamela Wieczorek

    I’m really disappointed that TCM is not airing Scrooge with Albert Finney. We the whole family look f o rward to seeing it every year. Very sad 😞

    • marian miller

      I agree. i really look forward to that version every year.

    • Our family loves this version of Christmas Carol. TCM, please bring it back.


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