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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Martha knows something's wrong with Bob when he describes Scrooge as giving him the day off quite jovially.

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* SandInMyEyes: Scrooge repeatedly insists that "the cold" is to blame for his quivering lip and the tears in his eyes when revisiting his old school


* InformedPoverty: The "poor as churchmice" Cratchits live in a house that actually looks like a pretty nice, middle-class home.

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* InformedPoverty: The "poor as churchmice" Cratchits live in a house that actually looks like a pretty nice, middle-class home. Then again, considering the one of the kids guessed that Christmas dinner was going to be tripe, it likely costs a fortune in rent.


* LighterAndSofter: This adaptation leaves out Scrooge's StartOfDarkness and his breakup with Belle. Ignorance and Want are also adapted out.

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* LighterAndSofter: This adaptation leaves out Scrooge's StartOfDarkness and his breakup with Belle. Ignorance and Want are also adapted out. He's also quite happy throughout most of the "Present" sequence, even declaring, "I LOVE Christmas!"

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The Ghost of Christmas Past is portrayed as a young woman in the film, as opposed to the childlike being in the original novel.


* DisasterDominoes: Bob Cratchit knocks Scrooge's hat off with a snowball, and as the latter starts to yell at him the hat is run over by a horse and cart. This leads to Bob getting fired and charged for damages to the hat.


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* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Bob Cratchit knocks Scrooge's hat off with a snowball, and as the latter starts to yell at him when his hat is run over by a horse and carriage. This leads to Bob getting fired and charged for damages to the hat.


''A Christmas Carol'' is a 1938 film adaptation of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol the novel of the same name]].

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''A Christmas Carol'' is a 1938 film adaptation of [[Literature/AChristmasCarol the novel of the same name]].name]], and the first U.S. sound version of the film.


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Creator/LionelBarrymore, who had played Scrooge on the radio during the 1930s, was the producers' first choice for Ebenezer Scrooge, until he broke his hip in an accident which confined him to a wheelchair, in addition to worsening arthritis. Barrymore recommended that his friend Reginald Owen take over the role of Scrooge instead.

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* LighterAndSofter: This adaptation leaves out Scrooge's StartOfDarkness and his breakup with Belle. Ignorance and Want are also adapted out.

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** Scrooge tries to call the night watchman on Marley's ghost. When the police find nothing and leave, Marley reappears, confirming that he's real.

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** This is one of the few adaptations to have Fred not be married yet, but engaged, and the Ghost of Christmas Present warns Scrooge that their love could fade with time.

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** This is one of the few adaptations to have adaptation has Fred not be married yet, but engaged, and the Ghost of Christmas Present warns Scrooge that their love could fade with time.



** 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.
** The scene where an undertaker, a laundress and a charwoman sell Scrooge’s possessions to Old Joe is also adapted out.

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** This is one of the few versions that version 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.
** The scene where an undertaker, a laundress and a charwoman sell Scrooge’s Scrooge's possessions to Old Joe is also adapted out.


* DisasterDominos: Bob Cratchit knocks Scrooge's hat off with a snowball, and as the latter starts to yell at him the hat is run over by a horse and cart. This leads to Bob getting fired and charged for damages to the hat.

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* DisasterDominos: DisasterDominoes: Bob Cratchit knocks Scrooge's hat off with a snowball, and as the latter starts to yell at him the hat is run over by a horse and cart. This leads to Bob getting fired and charged for damages to the hat.

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* DisasterDominos: Bob Cratchit knocks Scrooge's hat off with a snowball, and as the latter starts to yell at him the hat is run over by a horse and cart. This leads to Bob getting fired and charged for damages to the hat.

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