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1923-xmas-happy-scrooge

While I find silent adaptations of books are usually poor, Edwin Greenwood’s 1923 version of A Christmas Carol, titled Scrooge, works quite reasonably well. It’s not just because we all know the story. There are plenty of popular stories that flop as silent short films. It’s because Greenwood does a good job focusing the action on Scrooge’s (Russell Thorndike) moral bankruptcy and the suffering of Bob Cratchit freezing at work. The spirits are slightly less successful because there isn’t enough time and technological sophistication to really explore each of the three episodes, but overall, this is a solid adaptation for a little 2-reeler.

7/10

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