1951 retelling of the story. Scrooge was played by the irrepressible Alastair Sim, a wonderful Scottish actor whose whole being seemed to come alive on screen. Even in the act of silence, his wild eyebrows and heavy-lidded eyes could tell a million decisions. His voice carried colours of emotion and thoughts half touched on like a magnificent, melodious song, drumming on the heartstrings and pulling unexpected laughter from your lungs. He was what they called a character actor, always himself and yet constantly adding depth and understanding to the roles he played. His Scrooge turned from a mean, nasty, old man who cared nothing for humanity to a joyous, child-man who finally saw the best in everyone and everything.
Since then the story has been replayed countless times, even by the Muppets, but my favourite take on the story has to be Scrooged. Bill Murray makes me chortle at the best of times, even in the worst of films, and his take on the Scrooge character is hilarious and, eventually, endearing.