(A Christmas Carol)
Based on the Dickens story, a selfish businessman has a series of visions that help him to discover the true spirit of Christmas.
Ebenezer Scrooge (Alistair Sim) says he does not keep Christmas. A man asks him for time to pay his debt to no avail. Two men ask Scrooge to contribute to a charity, but he says no. His nephew Fred (Brian Worth) invites Scrooge to dine with his family.
Scrooge grudgingly gives Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) Christmas off. At home Scrooge sees the ghost of Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), who says Scrooge does not believe in him. Jacob screams and says he is doomed to wander. He warns Scrooge and says three spirits will give him a chance. Scrooge runs to his bed.
The Spirit of Christmas Past (Michael Dolan) appears and leads Scrooge to his old school. He sees young Scrooge (George Cole) and his sister Fan (Carol Marsh). Scrooge sees people dancing. Young Scrooge gives Alice (Rona Anderson) a ring. Young Scrooge tells ill Fan not to die. She dies, and Scrooge asks forgiveness. Young Scrooge gets a job working with Jacob. Alice tells young Scrooge that he no longer loves her, and he leaves her. Young Scrooge and Jacob offer to buy 51% of their troubled boss’s company. Scrooge is told that Jacob is dying, but he won’t leave work early. Bob Cratchit gets Christmas off. Dying Jacob tells Scrooge that he still has time to save himself. Scrooge gets Jacob’s property.
Scrooge sees the Spirit of Christmas Present, who says his spirit lives every day. They see Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim (Glyn Dearman), and Mrs. Cratchit (Hermione Baddeley), and their whole family toasts Scrooge. Fred wishes that his uncle had dined with them. Scrooge sees Alice helping people. Scrooge is shown two poor children.
Scrooge sees the Spirit of Christmas Future and says he can’t change. Bob Cratchit comes home late, and they grieve the loss of Tiny Tim. Scrooge sees people selling his possessions after his death. Then he sees his tombstone. He begs for help and says he has changed.
Scrooge wakes up in bed on Christmas morning. He is happy and wishes Mrs. Dilber (Kathleen Harrison) well. She screams, and Scrooge gives her a coin as a Christmas present and raises her pay. Scrooge sends a boy to get a turkey that is delivered to the Cratchits. Scrooge calls on Fred for dinner and asks forgiveness. He dances.
The next day Scrooge tells Bob Cratchit that he is late, but he raises his salary. Scrooge is happy and becomes a good friend, especially to Tiny Tim.
This famous parable of Christmas challenges the tendency to get up caught up in materialistic efforts while losing contact with feelings that guide us to help people other than ourselves.