Which film version of "A Christmas Carol" is superior to all the rest?
It's a question we at the Monitor offices were struggling to answer as we compiled a list of contenders for our upcoming "best holiday movie ever" poll (check back for more on that). As we continued to think of movies we simply couldn't leave off the list, more and more versions of Dickens' classic continued to be added until it seemed a little excessive.
"Carol" is deservedly a holiday classic with its story of the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge who learns, with the help of three spirits, the value of eschewing selfishness and thinking of others. Scrooge has been portrayed by everyone from actors Alastair Sims to George C. Scott to Michael Caine, and the tale has gotten twists such as being acted out by Jim Henson's Muppets (in their version, Charles Dickens himself was portrayed by blue creature Gonzo) and being updated to the then-present day, as in the 1988 Bill Murray film "Scrooged."
So we're holding a poll to determine the best "Carol" version of all time. Pick your favorite carefully, because whichever wins will be able to move on to our "best holiday movies" ever competition – but only one "Carol" film is making the cut.
Vote now and we'll see what version gets to move on.