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1970, Hollywood Classics, 113 min, Dir: Ronald Neame

SCROOGE, 1970, Hollywood Classics, 113 min. Albert Finney is a gleefully wicked Scrooge in this glorious musical adaptation by Leslie Bricusse of Dickens’ ode to brotherhood and the terrible power of karma. Director Ronald Neame was a longtime Dickens veteran, having produced David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS and OLIVER TWIST; here, he proved himself to be a wonderfully humorous and sympathetic filmmaker in his own right. Co-starring Alec Guinness, Edith Evans and Kenneth More.

1967, MGM Repertory, 102 min, USA, Dir: Delbert Mann

Dick Van Dyke stars as Claude Fitzwilliam, the head butler to philanthropist Miss Vicki (Edith Evans). When it becomes apparent that his beloved employer is completely broke, Fitzwilliam concocts a scheme to steal from the rich and give to Miss Vicki. With Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) as Juliet, who is hired to manage Miss Vicki’s phonetic “Dictionary for Dopes” and falls for the heroic butler.

1967, MGM Repertory, 105 min, Dir: Bryan Forbes

Elderly Margaret Ross (Edith Evans) hears unearthly whispers in the solitude of her home. When her thieving son and woebegone husband turn up suddenly, Margaret’s unsettling fantasy life turns into a nightmare. With a haunting score by composer John Barry.

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