Friday 7 December 2018


One really can never have too many versions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol at this time of the year; anyway, tonight, from 20 years ago, it's time to watch Jack Palance as Ebenezer in which Mr. Scrooge (a gun-toting, land-grabbing, card-cheat) goes West – as in wild West complete with horses, cattle, muddy streets, saloon-bar drunks, cute kids and a heart-of-gold, pipe-smoking Madam.

This film-for-television co-stars Rick Schroeder (formerly child-star 'Ricky Schroeder' of The Champ and Little Lord Fauntleroy) and Anne Locane (known for playing opposite Johnny Depp in John Walters 1990 film Cry-Baby) and from CBC's Street Legal, Albert Schulz.

You might suppose such a concoction oughtn't really to work but, rather miraculously, it does. Smartly reinvented with Jack Palance chomping on his cigar and chewing the scenery at the outset but convincingly pulling off Scrooge's reformation in time for an appropriately sentimental denouement!

A true – and rather engaging – curiosity in the canon of Dickensian films!  

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