[[caption-width-right:300:Alastair Sim as Scrooge.]]

''Scrooge'' is a 1951 British film adaptation of the novel ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.

Heading the cast are Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge and Michael Hordern as Jacob Marley; both would reprise their respective roles in the 1971 animated film ''WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol1971''. Brian Desmond Hurst was the director, and the screenplay was written by Noel Langley (''Film/TheWizardOfOz'').

!!''Scrooge'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationExpansion:
** Adds an extended StartOfDarkness sequence depicting how Scrooge was corrupted by an unscrupulous mentor luring him from Fezziwig's good influence.
** This film shows Marley’s death seven years earlier.
** Then there is the touching scene where Scrooge comes to Fred's house to accept his invitation for Christmas dinner at last, fearful that he would be rejected, only to find he needn't have doubted Fred's love.
** This movie covers Fan's DeathByChildbirth, as well as her final moments with her brother.
** Mrs. Dilber's presence was expanded in the movie as the first witness to the changed Scrooge.
* AdaptationNameChange: Love interest Belle becomes Alice instead.
* AgeLift: Fan in the original novel is Ebenezer's younger sister. Here she is the older sibling. Also, both are in their late teens/early 20s in the scene where she comes to bring him home from boarding school, whereas in the book they're children at that point.
* AlmostDeadGuy:
** Young Scrooge, thinking his sister has died, bitterly storms from the room, and misses her dying request to him.
** Later, much older Scrooge has Marley delivering a warning with his last breaths, but it's over his head. Scrooge even waits until business is over to bother visiting him; his maid incredulously declares "I'll see if I can get him to hold out, I'm sure!"
* AscendedExtra: Mrs Dilber receives more screen time; in the book she's only seen in the future pawning off Scrooge's items.
* CanonForeigner: The PredatoryBusiness which buys out Fezziwig is personified by Mr. Jorkin, adapted from Mr. Jorkins, a character from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''. Jorkin serves as an EvilMentor to Scrooge and Marley both, pairing them up in an ominous scene. He is later caught embezzling from his own banking house; Scrooge and Marley bail him out in return for 51% of the stock share, effectively a hostile takeover.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: This exchange on Scrooge's staircase after he catches up with Mrs. Dilber and gives her a guinea.
-->'''Mrs. Dilber:''' A guinea? For me? What for?\\
'''Ebenezer:''' I'll give you a guess!\\
'''Mrs. Dilber:''' ''[[[{{Beat}} pause]]]'' To keep me mouth shut?
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Mr. Jorkin; during Scrooge's past at the Amalgamated Mercantile Society, the ledger registers a liability of 3200 pounds, 8 shillings and 10 pence ([[OldBritishMoney £3200, 8 / 10 d]]), with assets of 11 pounds, 8 shillings and 10 pence (£11, 8 / 10d), resulting in a deficit of £3189.
-->'''Jorkin:''' At least the 10 pences cancel each other out.\\
'''Rosehed:''' How much of this is the company's capital?\\
'''Snedrig:''' All of it, Mr. Rosehed.\\
'''Rosehed:''' In short, sir, you're not only a bankrupt, you're also an embezzler of the company's funds.
* CorruptTheCutie: The Christmas Past sequence shows this happening to Ebenezer, along with him developing his JadeColoredGlasses.
* CreepyChild: Ignorance and Want.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pre-reformation Scrooge is full of snark, as is the corrupt businessman Mr. Jorkin.
* DeathByChildbirth:
** Scrooge's mother died giving birth to him, leading to a troubled relationship between him and his father.
** Scrooge's sister Fan. Which leads to a troubled relationship between him and his nephew Fred. [[HistoryRepeatsItself Much like his father's relationship with him]].
* HeelRealization: When Scrooge describes his old boss Fezziwig, he stops, noting that he wishes he could talk to his clerk, Bob Cratchit, and apologize.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Scrooge and Marley were quite handsome in their younger days. Oddly enough when we see Alice in the present day, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished she still looks the same]].
* InformedAttribute: Tiny Tim is supposed to be very ill, but he looks perfectly healthy.
* KilledMidSentence: Marley dies while attempting to warn Scrooge of his fate and telling him to save himself.
* LargeHam: Marley is a big one, and Scrooge is one after his reformation.
* LaughingMad: When Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning and can't stop laughing out of joy, his housekeeper thinks, justifiably, that he's gone quite mad.
* MarketBasedTitle: Was released as ''A Christmas Carol'' in some markets, including the US.
* MaybeEverAfter: In contrast to the novel where she has a family of her own, Alice/Belle's romantic situation isn't addressed. She's also shown in the Christmas Present sequence, where she isn't in the novel. Although it isn't explicitly stated, this does leave things open for Scrooge to reconcile with her if she isn't married.
* MajorityShareDictator: Scrooge and Marley obtain their wealth by offering to cover the expenses of their owner's embezzlement scandal in return for the right to buy up to 51% of the company's shares. Naturally this gives them absolute power over the day-to-day business of the company.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he gets a better look at Fan's death, Scrooge realizes that she asked him to look after Fred. He begins to feel very contrite, as he has gone out of his way to ''avoid'' Fred.
--> '''Scrooge:''' Forgive me, Fan!
* SarcasticConfession: Mr. Jorkin, when confronted on charges of embezzlement.
-->'''Rosehed:''' In short, sir, you're not only a bankrupt, you're an embezzler of the company's funds.\\
'''Jorkin:''' I also beat my wife and skewer innocent babies when in my cups.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The tune that Mr Jorkin is whistling when he offers Scrooge a job is "The Lincolnshire Poacher" - about a poacher who enjoys unlawfully entering property and trapping game there.
** After Marley's death scene, Christmas Past calls Scrooge a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, covetous old sinner" - exactly as Charles Dickens describes him in the novel.
* StartOfDarkness: The Christmas Past sequence explores this in more detail than the book.
* StepfordSmiler: When Bob Cratchit comes home in the Christmas Yet To Come part, he tries to pretend that he's happy about an imagined goodbye from Tiny Tim. But he quickly collapses into his wife's arms in tears.
* TimeshiftedActor: [[Series/{{Minder}} George Cole]] as Young Ebenezer Scrooge and [[Series/TheAvengers Patrick Macnee]] as Young Jacob Marley.
* TruerToTheText: This movie includes the sequence where Scrooge threatens to swallow a toothpick while talking with Marley, something very few film adaptations do.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the original novel the Christmas Past sequence shows that Belle married someone else and had a family, which is the last we see of her. This adaptation shows her counterpart Alice in the Christmas Present, helping feed the poor on Christmas Day, but whether she had a family is unaddressed.