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The Right to Be Happy (1916)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1916
Running Times:
Length: 5 reels
Format:
Colour Format: black and white
Ratio:
Sound: silent

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: Bluebird Photoplays Inc

SCRIPT
Script: E.J. Clawson
Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

DIRECTION
Director: Rupert Julian

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Steven Rounds

CAST
Rupert Julian (Ebenezer Scrooge)
John Cook (Bob Cratchit)
Claire McDowell (Mrs Cratchit)
Francis Lee (Tiny Tim)
Harry Carter (Jacob Marley)
Emory Johnson (Fred, Scrooge's Nephew)
Roberta Wilson (Caroline)
Francelia Billington (Scrooge's sweetheart)
Mrs Titus (real name: Lydia Yeamans Titus) (Mrs Fezziwig)
Wadsworth Harris (The Ghost of the Past)
Richard Le Strange (The Ghost of the Present)
Tom Figee (The Ghost of the Future)

PLOT SUMMARY

Miserly London businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his dead business partner Marley, who warns him that three more ghosts will appear during the night trying to show Scrooge the error of his ways. As the night wears on, he's visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But will even they be enough to soften old Scrooge's heart?

AVAILABILITY

USA
Theatrical Distributors: Bluebird Photoplays Inc

TIMELINE

1916
December

15: USA – copyright granted (LP9742)
21: USA – theatrical release

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Scrooge the Skinflint – UK title

LINKS

SEE ALSO
A Christmas Carol (adaptations)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Exhibitor's Trade Review (23 December 1916) pp.192, 210 (USA)
review

Motion Picture News (23 December 1916) p.4017 (USA)
review

Motion Picture News (30 December 1916) p.4236 (USA)
review

Moving Picture World (30 December 1916) p.1974 (USA)
review

Moving Picture World (6 January 1917) p.135 (USA)
review

New York Dramatic Mirror (23 December 1916) p.26 (USA)
review

Wid's Film Daily (21 December 1916) p.1188 (USA)
review

BOOKS

A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: A Critical Examination of Dickens's Story and Its Productions on Screen and Television by Fred Guida (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc (2000)) p.173
credits

KEYWORDS

book into film, christmas, ghosts, misers

 


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