''A Christmas Carol'' is a 1938 film adaptation of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol the novel of the same name]]. Directed by Edwin L. Marin, it stars Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: The film includes several scenes of Fred and Bob Cratchit being Christmassy that are not in the book.
* AdaptedOut: This is one of the few versions that completely removes Ebenezer's doomed romance with Belle, although the Ghost of Christmas Past does hint at it, saying that she had yet to show him the "black years" of his life.
** A scene where an undertaker, a laundress and a charwoman selling Scrooge’s possessions to Old Joe.
* InformedPoverty: The "poor as churchmice" Cratchits live in a house that actually looks like a pretty nice, middle-class home.
* JacobMarleyApparel: The ghost of Jacob Marley is wearing the clothes he was buried in.
* OhCrap: Bob Cratchit's reaction when he discovers that he hit Scrooge with a snowball.
* RunningAwayToCry: Young Ebenezer is shown putting on a good face when he's the only one at his school apparently not going home for Christmas, but when the other boys leave, he's weeping in a classroom.
* TheUnreveal: Scrooge extinguishes the Ghost of Christmas Past before she can show him [[StartOfDarkness "the black years of [his] life"]].
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: Lampshaded by Scrooge himself when he shows up at his nephew's house after his conversion:
-->'''Fred:''' Who are you?\\
'''Scrooge:''' It's me! Your uncle Scrooge! Smile makes a difference, doesn't it?