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  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part IX -- Little's special is a lot of fun

    It is one of my favorite Hollywood "What If" stories. And -- appropriately enough -- you can read a full-blown account of this tale over on one of my favorite blogs, Mark Evanier's great " newsfromme.com ." Here's the Reader's Digest version: W.C. Fields (Who was a Dickens...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part VIII -- Williams wins an Oscar

    Okay. I know. We all love those moments in "A Christmas Carol" after Scrooge has been redeemed. When the old skinflint tries to make amends to all those he's wronged over the years. That's when Dickens' classic holiday tale becomes truly heart-warming. But -- prior to this point...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part VII -- Finney is fine, but ...

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... You know that somewhat queasy, bloated feeling that you sometimes feel on Christmas Day? After you've made a little too merry, maybe had one too many glasses of eggnog? Well, 1970's " Scrooge " is the cinematic equivalent of that feeling. Copyright...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part VI -- Magoo's a musical miser

    Remember how I talked yesterday about how the CBS " Shower of Stars " version of " Scrooge " should have worked? What with a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright handling the adaptation of Dickens' classic holiday tale, a two-time Academy Award-winner performing the title role and...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part IV -- Sim is Supreme

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Following MGM's good looking if somewhat heartless " A Christmas Carol ," leave it to English filmmakers to deliver what many consider to be the very best movie version of Charles Dickens' holiday tale. Copyright 1999 United Home What is it...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part III -- Barrymoore No More

    Picking up where we left off yesterday ... Most of you Disney dweebs out there will probably be able to identify this character. Copyright 1964 Walt Disney Productions That's right. Admiral Boom from Walt Disney Productions' 1964 release, " Mary Poppins ." Naming this next character...
  • Blog Post: Scrooge U : Part I -- Have a Short & Silent Night

    Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving officially ushers in the holiday season. Between now and New Year's Day, you won't be able to turn your television on without encountering some holiday special. Which brings us to the subject of today's article. Which (I should warn you) is the first installment...
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