skip navigation
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol(1938)

Remind Me

TCMDb Archive MaterialsView all archives (3)

DVDs from TCM Shop

A Christmas Carol In this adaptation of Charles... MORE > $9.95 Regularly $14.98 Buy Now blu-ray


  • Lionel Barrymore was originally set to play Scrooge, but had to back out due to illness. Barrymore instead suggested his friend Reginald Owen take over the role.
  • John Seitz temporarily replaced cameraman Sidney Wagner during production when Wagner was ill with a bad case of flu, and Marvin Stuart replaced assistant director Dolph Zimmerwhen Zimmer had a cold.
  • Lionel Barrymore was originally cast as Scrooge, a role which he had performed on radio each Christmas morning for several years, but ill-health prevented him from being in the production. It was he who suggested Reginald Owen for the part. Barrymore did not perform the radio version of A Christmas Carol in 1938 so that it would not interfere with the success of the picture, and he appeared in a special trailer for it called "A Fireside Chat with Lionel Barrymore", which was produced by Frank Whitbeck and directed by 'Edward L. Marin' .
  • M-G-M released 375 prints of the film, a record number, so that as many people as possible could see it during the Christmas season.
  • This was the only film in which Gene Lockhart appeared with his wife Kathleen and their daughter June.


  • Noircitydame (2008-09-26)

    Source: not available

    In many areas, this film played as a double feature with MGMs "Out West with the Hardys" - a Christmas greeting from the Hardy's followed that picture.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute