A Christmas Carol (1908 film)

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A Christmas Carol
Written by Charles Dickens (story)
Based on A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens
Starring Thomas Ricketts
Distributed by Essanay
Release dates
  • December 9, 1908 (1908-12-09)
Running time
15 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

A Christmas Carol is a 1908 silent film produced by Essanay Studios in Chicago, and one of the earliest film adaptations of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 novella of the same name. It starred Tom Ricketts as Ebenezer Scrooge.


Scrooge goes into his office and begins working. His nephew, along with three women who wish for Scrooge to donate enter. However, Scrooge dismisses them. On the night of Christmas Eve, his long-dead partner Jacob Marley comes as a ghost, warning him of a horrible fate if he does not change his ways. Scrooge meets three spirits that show Scrooge the real meaning of Christmas, along with his grave, the result of his parsimonious ways. The next morning, he wakes and realizes the error of his ways. Scrooge was then euphoric and generous for the rest of his life.

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