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ALBERT FINNEY'S SCROOGE
on 14 December 2004
Long underestimated, this 1970 version of 'A Christmas Carol' mixes a fine feast of popular songs (by Leslie Bricusse) and a vintage performance of the old miser by Albert Finney.The latter manages to achieve what only Sim has done before or since in making the transition from crotchety old humbug to reformed philanthropist believable.One of the few actors to play himself as a young man as well, this is vintage Finney in a lavish spectacular as well-proportioned as Pinewood's previous epic 'Oliver' There's a great suporting cast as well - Kenneth More as the Ghost of Christmas Present, the great Edith Evans as Christmas Past and a truly frightening Alec Guinness as Marley. Laurence Naismith and a young Anton Rodgers also appear in a couple of notable numbers 'December 25th' and the popular 'Thank You Very Much'.
Grossly under-rated by reviewers for years this musical has spawned two great stage shows with Anthony Newley and Tommy Steele following in Albert's footsteps. Both have played to packed houses, the latter continues to do so.The audience, as usual, has the last laugh ! If you buy no other version of Christmas Carol, you should make this one yours.