THE PICKWICK PAPERS (I952) – Colour and B&W – Director: Noel Langley. Stars: James Hayter, James Donald, Nigel Patrick. AcademyAward nominated adaptation of Charles Dickens much loved comedy. With a stellar cast of British actors playing some of Dickens most colourful characters. â€œBrimming over with memorable characters, this film is well served by some solid performances, with James Hayter the embodiment of Pickwickâ€¦ Nigel Patrick is bang on form as the disreputable Mr Jingle and Kathleen Harrison is excellent as Rachael Wardleâ€¦â€Radio Times
SCROOGE (I935 version) â€” B&W – Director: Henry Edwards. Stars: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran. Ebenezer Scrooge (Seymour Hicks) is a curmudgeonly businessman who hates the Christmas season because it interferes with making money. His meek employee, Bob Cratchit (Donald Calthrop), dutifully serves Scrooge despite his mistreatment because Bob needs to provide for his family. On the night of Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a number of visions, including the Spirit of Christmas Present (Oscar Asche), which shows him things he cannot normally see, changing the miser`s attitude forever.
SCROOGE (I95 I) B&W & Colour – Director: Brian Desmond Hurst. Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, George Cole. â€˜This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale. The ever-versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as the miser who comes to see the error of his ways through the promptings of the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Michael Hordern makes a splendid Jacob Marley and Mervyn johns a humble Bob Cratchit, while George Cole does well as the younger, carefree Scrooge. Beautifully designed by Ralph Brinton and directed with unexpected finesse by Brian Desmond Hurst, this is not to be missedâ€¦` RADIO TIMES *****
TOM BROWNS SCHOOL DAYS (l95l) B&W & Colour – Director: Gordon Parry. Stars: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, John Charlesworth, Michael Hordern,
Robert Newton, John Howard Davies and a young Max Bygraves star in this digitally remastered and colourised film adaptation of Thomas Hughes classic book about a young boy`s struggle to endure the loneliness and bullying at Rugby School for Boys. Pitted against the vicious Flashman and his gang of fellow bullies, Tom must either give in or learn to defend himself.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (I990) – Director: Peter McCubbin. Stars: Mickey Rooney, Simon Richards, Lesley Kelly. The movie centers around a young girl who takes in a homeless man (Mickey Rooney) during the Christmas Holidays. A bond of friendship and trust grows between them that results in both of their lives being dramatically changed forever.