Overall I like the Sim version the best, and also like to run the George C. Scott version every year, but Mr. and I are both champions of the Seymour Hicks version made in England in 1935. Hicks was the foremost stage Scrooge in England for decades, and also played the role in a silent film and on radio. Although Hicks' performance may look exaggerated and old-fashioned today, it's an opportunity to see how one of the longest-running and best-known Scrooges was played in earlier generations. And Donald Calthrop, who plays Cratchit---THE best Cratchit of all the film Cratchit's. He even resembles the Cratchit of the first-edition book's illustrations!
I have no particular love for the M-G-M version with Reginald Owen. Leave it to M-G-M to dress the set of the Cratchits' "humble" home with a corner china cabinet, lovely curtains, framed pictures on the wall, etc.! According to Dickens, the Cratchit family didn't even have a complete set of tumblers to drink from! The details of Dickens' descriptions are best portrayed in the Seymour Hicks version.
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