Scrooge soon begins his annual journey of enlightenment (with good eating)
Scrooge (1970) is the musical version of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, starring the late Albert Finney. In the truest sense of “literally”, studios don’t make films like this any longer. Finney is a colossus in Scrooge, appearing in almost every scene. The songs won’t be familiar to contemporary listeners, but they’re effective in creating the necessary set pieces and advancing the familiar narrative. As an example, there is the little ditty “I Hate People,” which has been flitting in and out of my consciousness ever since hard seltzer became a phenomenon. Scavengers and sycophants and flatterers and fools Pharisees and parasites and hypocrites and ghouls Calculating swindlers, prevaricating frauds Perpetrating evil as they roam the earth in hordes Feeding on their fellow men Reaping rich rewards Contaminating everything they see Corrupting honest me like me Humbug! Poppycock! Balderdash! Bah! I hate people! I hate people! Scrooge has been my wife’s go-to holiday movie for a long time, and a few years...Read more