A Christmas Carol (1951)Ebenezer Scrooge is known as the meanest people in London, a businessman who never gives any half a penny to anyone, even his relatives. On Christmas Eve, however, three ghosts appear before Scrooge and give him the last chance to change and save himself from the grim destiny.
Critic Reviews of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"
Chicago ReaderDecember 05, 2012
A sturdy 1951 British mounting of the Dickens tale, with Alastair Sim contributing a definitive Scrooge.
TIME MagazineDecember 05, 2008
Though Dickens' frank sentimentality calls for broad treatment, Brian Desmond Hurst's direction is too often heavy as well.
Entertainment WeeklyNovember 27, 2008
Other Christmas Carols need not apply.
Time OutJune 24, 2006
You have what Scrooge himself might call 'Ho-hum-bug.'
New York TimesMarch 25, 2006
What we have in this rendition of Dickens' sometimes misunderstood Carol is an accurate comprehension of the agony of a shabby soul.
ReelViewsJanuary 01, 2000
At a reasonably short 85 minutes, this is nevertheless a complete experience, and the strength and depth of its drama makes it the most memorable of any adaptation of the tale.
Irish TimesJanuary 10, 2017
Watching most versions, the viewer is tempted to punch happy Scrooge. Here we yearn to share a sherry with the newly jolly rogue.
Monthly Film BulletinDecember 12, 2015
All depends, therefore, in the making of a film from this story, on the re-creation of this atmosphere in dramatic terms. It cannot be said that Brian Desmond Hurst has been altogether successful in this respect.
Total FilmDecember 06, 2013
This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a rare beast indeed, a genuinely affecting melodrama.
Radio TimesDecember 06, 2013
This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale.
Empire MagazineDecember 05, 2012
Lashings of festive cheer and a fair dollop of fine performances will leave you in the mood for mince pies and a renewed sense of seasonal goodwill to all men.
Three Movie BuffsDecember 07, 2011
This film, and Alastair Sim's performance as Scrooge in particular, so perfectly captures Dickens's novella that all other versions feel redundant.
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Actors of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"
Alastair SimBirth date: 9 October 1900, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKDescription: The son of Alexander Sim JP and Isabella McIntyre, Alastair Sim was educated in Edinburgh. Always interested in language (especially the spoken word) he became the Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at New College, Edinburgh University from 1925 until 1930. He was invited back and became the Rector of Edinburgh University (1948 - 1951). His first stage appearance was as Messenger in Othello at the Savoy Theatre, London. He went on to create some of the most memorable (usually comedic) roles in British films from 1936 until his death in 1976.
Kathleen HarrisonBirth date: 23 February 1892, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UKDescription: Although British actress Kathleen Harrison was born in 1892 in the Lancashire town of Blackburn, she was fondly known for her cockney characters throughout her career. Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she first married and lived overseas in Argentina for nearly eight years. Upon her return she made her initial stage appearance in "The Constant Flirt" in 1926. In the 30s she found her way onto the screen, taking many of her delightful theatre roles to film, including Line Engaged (1935), Night Must Fall (1937) (probably her most noteworthy), and I Killed the Count (1939). She added immeasurable Dickensian flavor as various maids and mums to such classics as Oliver Twist (1948), Scrooge (1951) and The Pickwick Papers (1952).She was also openly received as Mrs. Huggett in the "Huggett Family" series that ran a few years in the late 40s. In her five decade career, Kathleen 'toiled' as various servile characters in nearly 80 films. As popular in England as similar 'working class' as character player Thelma Ritter was in America, Kathleen also enjoyed a slight shot of TV popularity late in her career, notably in the brief series Mrs Thursday (1966) as a cleaning lady who inherits her boss's vast fortune. Kathleen's last years were spent in a nursing home, living to the ripe old age of 103.
Mervyn JohnsBirth date: 18 February 1899, Pembroke, Wales, UKDescription: Mervyn Johns was born on February 18, 1899 in Pembroke, Wales as David Mervyn Johns. He was an actor, known for Dead of Night (1945), Scrooge (1951) and Moby Dick (1956). He was married to Diana Churchill and Alice Maud Steele Wareham. He died on September 6, 1992 in Norwood, England.
Hermione BaddeleyBirth date: 13 November 1906, Broseley, Shropshire, England, UKDescription: A brash character actress who specialized in cinema, television, and theater, Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley was born on November 13, 1906 in Broseley, Shropshire. She was the youngest of four sisters - including Angela Baddeley, also an actress - and her half-brother, Very Rev William Baddeley, was a Church of England Minister.Not much is known about Baddeley's early life. She made her stage debut in 1918, and became popular in London stage comedies and revues prior to World War II, known for her dancing talent and natural comic ability. She memorably performed several times with Hermione Gingold. Baddeley made her film debut in 1927, with a role in the extremely obscure silent comedy A Daughter in Revolt (1927), but didn't come to attention until twenty years later, when she portrayed the affable but blowzy Ida in the film noir Brighton Rock (1947).Known for her memorable character roles, Baddeley dabbled in such movies as Passport to Pimlico (1949), Scrooge (1951), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951), The Pickwick Papers (1952), The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), Mary Poppins (1964), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her acid-tongued performance in Room at the Top (1959). At two minutes and thirty-two seconds, it is the shortest performance to ever be nominated for the award.Baddeley became a household favorite for her role as irritable cockney housekeeper Mrs. Naugatuck on the '70s comedy series Maude (1972). She landed guest spots on multiple other shows, including but not limited to Hancock's Half Hour (1956), The Patty Duke Show (1963), Bewitched (1964), Night Gallery (1969), The Bionic Woman (1976), The Love Boat (1977), Charlie's Angels (1976), Wonder Woman (1975), Fantasy Island (1977), and Magnum, P.I. (1980).Baddeley's two marriages failed, and she had a daughter, Pauline Tennant, from her first. She was in a long-term relationship with actor Laurence Harvey until he left her for Margaret Leighton, and died on August 19, 1986 at the age of 79 following a series of strokes.
Michael HordernBirth date: 3 October 1911, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, UKDescription: Following a brief teaching career, Michael Hordern made his stage debut in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, but his career was stalled by WWII. He resumed his acting career in 1946, both in theatre and films. He hit his stride in the 1960s playing befuddled characters, particularly stuffy public officials. He was knighted in 1983.
George ColeBirth date: 22 April 1925, Tooting, London, England, UKDescription: George Cole OBE is a veteran British film, television and stage actor whose impressive career has spanned over 60 years. For many, he will perhaps be best remembered for playing one of the most endearing characters of recent times on British television, "Arthur Daley", the shifty but very likable "business man" in the hit ITV drama series, Minder (1979).However, Cole had long been a household name well before "Minder" aired on television. His successful film career began in the 1940s, appearing with Alastair Sim and Sir John Mills in the film Cottage to Let (1941). Further success came throughout the 1950s and 1960s, where he played the part of "Flash Harry" in the popular "St Trinians" films, alongside his close friend and mentor, Alastair Sim. By 1963, Hollywood had recognized the talents of Cole and he was cast in the iconic film, Cleopatra (1963), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. During the 1970s, George continued to star in films and television programmes, becoming a regular and sought after actor. It is interesting to note that, in 1971, he appeared with Dennis Waterman (who would later become his Minder (1979) co-star) in the horror film, Fright (1971). In 1979, Cole was cast as the hapless "Arthur Daley", a self-professed entrepreneur in the ITV drama Minder (1979), a role he played until 1994. The role showcased Cole's acting prowess and brought him to the attention of a younger audience.As well as starring in Minder (1979), George continued with other projects in film and television, including Root Into Europe (1992), An Independent Man (1995), Mary Reilly (1996), Dad (1997) and, since 2000, in Station Jim (2001), Bodily Harm (2002) and, alongside his good friend Dennis Waterman, in the BBC hit drama, New Tricks (2003). He has also starred in several stage productions. It is hoped that Cole will not be be remembered simply for portraying "Arthur Daley", but instead for being one of Britain's most enduring actors, one of only a handful of actors who can claim to have had a 60-year career and for being an extremely likable, charismatic man.
John CharlesworthBirth date: 12 November 1935, Hull, England, UKDescription: John Charlesworth was born on November 12, 1935 in Hull, England. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), The Magic Box (1951) and Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951). He died on April 2, 1960 in Birmingham, England.
Francis De WolffBirth date: 7 January 1913, Essex, England, UKDescription: Francis De Wolff was born on January 7, 1913 in Essex, England. He was an actor, known for From Russia with Love (1963), Scrooge (1951) and Moby Dick (1956). He was married to Linda Finch, Melissa Dundas and Jean Fairlie. He died on April 18, 1984 in Sussex, England.
Rona AndersonBirth date: 3 August 1926, Edinburgh, Scotland, UKDescription: Rona Anderson was born on August 3, 1926 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was an actress, known for Scrooge (1951), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and Home to Danger (1951). She was married to Gordon Jackson. She died on July 23, 2013 in Hampstead, London, England.
Carol MarshBirth date: 10 May 1926, Southgate, London, England, UKDescription: Carol Marsh was born on May 10, 1926 in Southgate, London, England as Norma Lilian Simpson. She was an actress, known for Dracula (1958), Scrooge (1951) and Helter Skelter (1949). She died on March 6, 2010 in Bloomsbury, London.
Brian WorthBirth date: 14 July 1914, Willesden, London, England, UKDescription: Brian Worth was born on July 14, 1914 in Willesden, London, England as Ulric Brian Walmsley. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), An Inspector Calls (1954) and The Man in the White Suit (1951). He died on August 25, 1978 in Seville, Spain.
Miles MallesonBirth date: 25 May 1888, Croydon, Surrey, England, UKDescription: Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. However, he opted instead for the stage and went into repertory theatre in Liverpool and then onto the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.He wrote his first play in 1913 and, in contrast to the characters he often portrayed on screen, held socially progressive views which were often reflected in his work. His output included two plays about the First World War, "D Company" and "Black Eill", and one about the Tolpuddle Martyrs. He also worked as a screenwriter on two documentaries for Paul Rotha, Land of Promise (1946) and "World of Plenty".His most prolific period as a screenwriter was in the 1930s and 1940s, initially on historical subjects like Nell Gwyn (1934), Rhodes of Africa (1936), and Victoria the Great (1937). In many of these films he also began appearing in supporting roles, and from the mid-'30s onwards he found himself in increasing demand as an actor as well as a writer. Over the next 30 years he appeared in nearly 100 films, featuring in everything from Alfred Hitchcock thrillers and Ealing comedies to Hammer horrors.Usually cast as a befuddled judge or a doddering old doctor, academic or other local eccentric, he first caught audiences' imagination as the hearse driver in the Ealing chiller compendium Dead of Night (1945), after which he began to get bigger and better parts. He was particularly memorable as the philosophical hangman in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), Dr. McAdam in Folly to Be Wise (1952), the barrister Grimes in Brothers in Law (1957) and as Windrush Sr. in Private's Progress (1956) and I'm All Right Jack (1959). Towards the end of his career he continued to appear in cameo roles in comedy films, and made several appearances in Hammer horror films including Dracula (1958) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), before failing eyesight forced him into retirement in his late 70s.
Ernest ThesigerBirth date: 15 January 1879, Chelsea, London, England, UKDescription: Although he made nearly 60 films in a 50-year acting career, it is for the two he made with director James Whale that Ernest Thesiger will be best remembered. Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London on January 15, 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford. Educated at Marlbrough college and the Slade, he originally hoped to become a great painter. Greatness proved elusive, however (though he remained an accomplished watercolour artist), and he quickly turned to the theatre, making his first appearance on stage in a production of "Colonel Smith" in 1909. He put his career on hold when, in 1914, he enlisted as a private in the British army when World War I broke out (he originally hoped to join a Scottish regiment because he wanted to wear a kilt). He did see some action in the trenches but had to be sent home after being wounded (he was quoted afterwards as saying of these experiences, "My dear, the noise! And the people!"). He made his first film appearance in 1916 with The Real Thing at Last (1916) and then returned to the theatre with "A Little Bit of Fluff",' which ran for over 1200 performances and led to him appearing in a film adaptation (A Little Bit of Fluff (1919)).In 1925 he appeared in Noël Coward's production of "On With the Dance", in which he got to show off his knack for camp performances by playing one of two elderly women sharing a boarding house. In the early 1930s his old friend, actor-turned-director James Whale (who had moved to Hollywood and was enjoying huge success with Frankenstein (1931)), requested that his friend join him there to play the role of Horace Femm in Whale's upcoming production of The Old Dark House (1932). Thesiger agreed and, along with co-star Eva Moore, stole the film, which became a huge success. He returned to Britain to make The Ghoul (1933) with Boris Karloff. Whale requested Thesiger's services in Hollywood again, this time to appear in his sequel to Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Thesiger was given the role of the sinister Dr. Pretorious, after Whale had refused the studio's suggestion of Claude Rains for the role. With help from Whale's direction, some classic dialogue ("Have some gin. It's my only weakness . . .", "To a new world of gods and monsters") and expert camera work (which helped accentuate his skeletal frame), Thesiger stole the show once more. He returned to Britain and, unfortunately, never worked with Whale again. He appeared in the Alexander Korda-produced The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) and had a memorable role in the tongue-in-cheek horror film They Drive by Night (1938).He appeared with Will Hay in My Learned Friend (1943) and Don't Take It to Heart! (1944). His other notable films of the 1940s include The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944) and The Winslow Boy (1948). He returned briefly to America to appear in "As You Like It" on Broadway and afterwards divided his time between theatre and film. Notable later films include Last Holiday (1950) (as Sir Trevor Lampington, discoverer and eponym of Lampington's disease), Laughter in Paradise (1951), Scrooge (1951) and The Man in the White Suit (1951) (as an elderly industry magnate). He made his last film appearance in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) and his last stage performance, opposite Sirs Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, in a production of "The Last Joke". He passed away shortly afterwards, on the eve of his 82nd birthday.
Glyn DearmanBirth date: 30 December 1939, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, UKDescription: Glyn Dearman was born on December 30, 1939 in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England as Glyn John Dearman. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), Four Sided Triangle (1953) and File on Voronov (1955). He was married to Susan MacDonald. He died on November 30, 1997 in Westminster, London, England.
Michael DolanBirth date: 1884, IrelandDescription: Michael Dolan was born in 1884 in Ireland. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) and Saints and Sinners (1949). He was married to Kathleen Fogarty. He died on October 21, 1954 in Dublin, Ireland.
Olga EdwardesBirth date: 26 May 1917, Johannesburg, South AfricaDescription: Olga Edwardes was born on May 26, 1917 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was an actress, known for Scrooge (1951), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) and Black Orchid (1953). She was married to Anthony Baerlein and Nicholas Davenport. She died on July 1, 2008 in Elstree, England.
Roddy HughesBirth date: 19 June 1891, Portmadoc, North Wales, UKDescription: Rotund, cherubic-looking Welsh-born character actor, graduate of Oxford University. Hughes looked every inch the Marlborough House schoolmaster he was earlier in life, prior to embarking upon a theatrical career in 1910. Tailor-made for Dickensian impersonations, he was spot-on casting as Tim Linkinwater, partner and clerk for the Cheeryble Twins (one of whom he also played for a 1957 BBC TV serialisation), in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947). Equally so, as old Mr. Fezziwig in Scrooge (1951).Originally trained as a singer, Hughes first appeared on the London musical comedy scene during the First World War. During the 1920's, he was busy acting in plays at the West End, demonstrating a penchant for comedy. By the end of the decade, he even had a starring turn on Broadway in the popular comedy "Bird in Hand". Hughes entered films in 1932, often featured in small roles as tradesmen, doctors, butlers or minor officials. In later years, he alternated his screen roles with acting on stage. He retired from films in 1961 and died in February 1970 at the age of 78.
Hattie JacquesBirth date: 7 February 1922, Sandgate, Kent, England, UKDescription: Best known for playing Matron - as in "ooh, Matron!" - in four films: Carry on Nurse (1959), Carry on Doctor (1967), Carry on Again Doctor (1969) and, of course Carry on Matron (1972). Key roles included: Grace Short in Carry on Teacher (1959), Sophie Bliss in Carry on Loving (1970) and Peggy Hawkins in Carry on Cabby (1963). She was married to John Le Mesurier (Sergeant Wilson in Dad's Army (1968)), but left him for another man. They divorced but remained friends. An unexpectedly attractive woman in her time, she played parts which depended upon and mocked her weight. Only in Carry on Cabby (1963) was she allowed to escape her dragon persona and play the romantic lead opposite Sidney James. She died prematurely at the age of 58 from a heart attack.
Eleanor SummerfieldBirth date: 7 March 1921, St. Pancras, London, England, UKDescription: Known for her small yet earthy Brit portrayals on film, Eleanor Summerfield was born in London on March 7, 1921, initially trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1937). The hard-looking, blue-eyed blonde began in films in 1947 but created some waves first on stage opposite Cicely Courtneidge in "Her Excellency" at the London Hippodrome in 1949. She followed that with a top role in a rather mediocre musical entitled "Golden City." Musicals would be a strong suit for her in the ensuing years including a more glamorous role in "When in Rome" (1959) alongside June Laverick. Eleanor made her last West End musical in 1974 in a show based on the cartoon character of Osbert Lancaster. A popular radio actress and a regular on BBC Radio Four panel show "Many a Slip," she positively shined on TV in a number of comedy series as she entered her matronly years. She had the difficult task of replacing Dora Bryan in the established program "Our Dora" when Ms. Bryan abruptly left the series after the sudden death of her first child. Now retitled My Wife's Sister (1956), the show, and Eleanor, succeeded quite well. During her five-decade career, she added bite to a number of films, often raucous comedies, including Laughter in Paradise (1951), Isn't Life Wonderful! (1954), Dentist in the Chair (1960), On the Fiddle (1961) and Some Will, Some Won't (1970), which was a remake of the earlier film Laughter in Paradise (1951). Long married to actor Leonard Sachs in 1947, they produced two sons; one son, Robin Sachs, became an actor in his own right. Her husband died in 1990 and Eleanor followed him a decade later on July 13, 2001, in London. She was 80.
Louise HamptonBirth date: 23 December 1879, Stockport, Cheshire, England, UKDescription: Louise Hampton was born on December 23, 1879 in Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was an actress, known for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), Scrooge (1951) and Nine Till Six (1932). She was married to Edward Thane. She died on February 10, 1954 in Charing Cross Hospital, London, England.
Czeslaw KonarskiBirth date: 23 December 1879, Stockport, Cheshire, England, UKDescription: Czeslaw Konarski is an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), From Soup to Soufflé (1949) and No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948).
Eliot MakehamBirth date: 22 December 1881, Edmonton, Middlesex, England, UKDescription: Eliot Makeham was born on December 22, 1881 in Edmonton, Middlesex, England as Harold Elliott Makeham. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), Night Train to Munich (1940) and The Crimson Pirate (1952). He was married to Betty Shale and Johanna Geertruida De Vries. He died on February 8, 1956 in Westminster, London, England.
Peter BullBirth date: 21 March 1912, London, England, UKDescription: Peter Bull was born on March 21, 1912 in London, England as Peter Cecil Bull. He was an actor, known for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The African Queen (1951) and Doctor Dolittle (1967). He died on May 20, 1984 in London.
Douglas MuirBirth date: 5 November 1904, Greenwich, London, England, UKDescription: Douglas Muir was born on November 5, 1904 in Greenwich, London, England as Douglas George Muir. He was an actor, known for The Appleyards (1952), Scrooge (1951) and Private Investigator (1958). He was married to Miriam Adams. He died on November 30, 1966 in Brompton Hospital, Chelsea, London.
Noel HowlettBirth date: 22 December 1902, Maidstone, England, UKDescription: Noel Howlett was born on December 22, 1902 in Maidstone, England as Arthur Noel Howlett. He was an actor, known for Please Sir! (1968), Scrooge (1951) and Lust for Life (1956). He died on October 26, 1984 in Hammersmith, London, England.
Fred JohnsonBirth date: 6 August 1899, Dublin, IrelandDescription: Fred Johnson was born on August 6, 1899 in Dublin, Ireland. He was an actor, known for The Brides of Dracula (1960), Scrooge (1951) and The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). He died on December 4, 1971 in London, England.
Henry HewittBirth date: 28 December 1885, London, England, UKDescription: Henry Hewitt was born on December 28, 1885 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), Brothers in Law (1957) and Happy Go Lovely (1951). He died on August 23, 1968 in Newbury, Berkshire, England.
Hugh DempsterBirth date: 3 August 1900, London, England, UKDescription: Hugh Dempster was born on August 3, 1900 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Anna Karenina (1948), Scrooge (1951) and Happy Go Lovely (1951). He was married to Emma Trekman. He died on April 30, 1987 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
David HannafordBirth date: 1 October 1942, London, England, UKDescription: David Hannaford was born on October 1, 1942 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), The Flying Eye (1955) and The Second Mate (1950).
Maire O'NeillBirth date: 12 January 1885, Dublin, IrelandDescription: Maire O'Neill was born on January 12, 1885 in Dublin, Ireland as Molly Allgood. She was an actress, known for Juno and the Paycock (1930), Scrooge (1951) and St. Martin's Lane (1938). She was married to Arthur Sinclair and G.H. Mair. She died on November 2, 1952 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Richard PearsonBirth date: 1 August 1918, Monmouth, Gwent, Wales, UKDescription: Richard Pearson was born on August 1, 1918 in Monmouth, Gwent, Wales as Richard de Pearsall Pearson. He was an actor, known for The Wind in the Willows (1984), The Wind in the Willows (1983) and Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971). He was married to Patricia Dickson. He died on August 2, 2011 in Northwood, Hillingdon, London, England.
Patrick MacneeBirth date: 6 February 1922, Paddington, London, England, UKDescription: British actor Patrick Macnee was born on February 6, 1922 in London, England into a wealthy and eccentric family. His father, Daniel Macnee, was a race horse trainer, who drank and gambled away the family fortune, leaving young Patrick to be raised by his gay mother, Dorothea Mary, and her lover. Shortly after graduating from Eton (from which he was almost expelled for running a gambling ring), Macnee first appeared on stage and made his film debut as an extra in Pygmalion (1938). His career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the Royal Navy. After military service, Macnee attended the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art in London on scholarship. He also resumed his stage and film career, with bit parts such as Young Jacob Marley in Scrooge (1951). Disappointed with his limited roles, Macnee left England for Canada and the United States.In 1954, he went to Broadway with an Old Vic troupe and later moved on to Hollywood, where he made occasional television and film appearances until returning to England in 1959. Once back home, he took advantage of his producing experience in Canada to become coproducer of the British television series Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years (1960). Shortly thereafter, Macnee landed the role that brought him worldwide fame and popularity in the part of John Steed, in the classic British television series The Avengers (1961). His close identification with this character limited his career choices after the cancellation of the series in 1969, prompting him to reprise the role in The New Avengers (1976), which, though popular, failed to recapture the magic of the original series. During the 1980s and 1990s, Macnee became a familiar face on American television in such series as Gavilan (1982), Empire (1984), Thunder in Paradise (1994) and Night Man (1997). In the past decade, Macnee has also made several audio recordings of book fiction.
Clifford MollisonBirth date: 30 March 1897, London, England, UKDescription: Clifford Mollison was born on March 30, 1897 in London, England as Clifford Lely Mollison. He was an actor, known for Scrooge (1951), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) and The Lucky Number (1932). He died on June 4, 1986 in Cyprus.
Jack WarnerBirth date: 24 October 1895, London, England, UKDescription: Jack Warner started acting with the Sutton Amateur Dramatics Club after the end of World War I. From 1935, performed in cabaret at the London West End as half of the double act of Warner & Darnell. In addition to starring as Dixon of Dock Green (1955), which ran for over 20 years, he achieved lasting popularity on screen in the role of Joe Huggett, patriarch of a Cockney family, in Holiday Camp (1947), and its three sequels (plus a radio serial). Towards the end of his working life, 1976-80, Warner made a brief return to cabaret, before a stroke brought about his retirement.
Directors of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"
Brian Desmond HurstBirth date: 12 February 1895, Castlereagh, Co. Down, Northern IrelandDescription: Hailing from East Belfast, Northern Ireland, Hans Moore Hawthorn Hurst was a linen worker before joining the army during World War I. He was a priv...
Creators of "A Christmas Carol (1951)"
Charles DickensBirth date: 7 February 1812, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UKDescription: Charles Dickens' father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office, and because of this the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chat...
Noel LangleyBirth date: 25 December 1911, Durban, South AfricaDescription: false