After 150 years and over 50 film and TV adaptations what is there left to say about A Christmas Carol? Plenty, if you’re talking about one of the most jaw-droppingly dreary versions ever to hit the silver screen. 1935’s Scrooge starred Sir Seymour Hicks, a British thespian famous for his many portrayals of Ebenezer Scrooge, both on film and on the London stage. With all that practice (including starring in an earlier 1913 silent film adaptation) under his belt, you might expect Sir Hicks to give a pretty good performance. Yeah, dream on, Tiny Tim. His acting alternates between hysterics and sleep-walking, most of the time while surrounded by a single set that looks like it cost about fifty bucks... er, pounds, to hammer together.
Anyone else might be frightened away by that description... but how could a RiffTrax fan resist a recommendation like that?
The best way to enjoy the scenery-chewing antics of Sir Seymour Hicks is with three or four smart-a**** beside you to help relieve the pain. Fortunately, friend, Johnny and his friends on the Big Brown Couch have volunteered! Join Dori, Becky, and Babs as they ease some of the celluloid pain, doing their darnedest to keep the holiday suicide rate under control (a fairly generous attitude, given the fact that the three ladies are already dead themselves).
Enjoy our full video presentation of Scrooge, with the riffs built right in. Watch the whole shebang, including a full introduction before the film and a wrap-up after, or if you prefer just skip right to the film itself (instructions are provided at the start of the video, directing more eager viewers to the actual start time of the feature).
Scrooge was visited by three ghosts on ONE night of his life... what a lightweight. Johnny has to put up with a trio of them living with him seven days a week!
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The GHOSTS ON THE BIG BROWN COUCH presentation of Scrooge comes in a tidy little Divx package, under 700mb. This is a full Video On Demand presentation, so no lining up the riffs is necessary! Just play the video on your TV or computer, and enjoy (snacks not included)!
A word of caution: Scrooge (and the surrounding videos) contains some mild language from the riffers (nothing worse than you’d see on network TV). However, the naughtiest words have been carefully bleeped, because after all, it’s almost Christmas. We don’t want to get coal in our stockings.
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Special thanks to all of our generous and impressive guest talent: Announcer Nick Koontz, guest star Lisa Graham, who played the lovable (er, but don’t get attached to her) Mrs. Hinkle, and Joseph O’Brien, who took time out of his busy writing/directing career (ba****d) to stop by and voice the role of The Grim Reaper.
An EXTRA special shout out to cast regulars Dori Fleischmann and Catherine Wacha, who gave their all to their continuing roles, in spite of having recently lost their home to that b***h Hurricane Sandy. There is dedicated, and then there is you guys. You take it to another level.