Live Poll: Dec. 19, 2018, Happy 175th Birthday Mr. Scrooge, Mr. Cratchet, Tiny Tim, and Everybody Else!

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On December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens published the first edition of his short story entitled "A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas." This enduring classic, better known as "A Christmas Carol,” has seen many adaptations for stage, film and television since. It celebrated its 175th anniversary on December 19, 2018.

"A Christmas Carol” remains relevant to today despite much of the story being anachronistic. The Poor Law at that time financed the poorhouse, the Treadmill, and debtor prisons by taxing businesses. The taxes that Scrooge paid to finance these establishments have been repealed and faded into the past. In 1843, Christmas was not an official holiday in England, but a half day of business unless it fell on a Sunday, according to Royal Exchange rules. Hence the reason for Scrooge saying to Cratchit the statement about expecting the “All day tomorrow” off.

Dickens was an avid advocate for stronger copyright laws in England and internationally. He vehemently disliked people adapting and modifying the plot of his book; he did not receive royalties from these pirated adaptations, which frequently added characters and made significantly changes to the story.

Of these film and television adaptations, which do you believe Dickens would most approve?
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dgranger,

Please consider this major re-write of your introduction and question.

On December 19, 1843, Charles Dickens published the first edition of his novela entitled "A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas." This enduring classic, better known as "A Christmas Carol,” has seen many adaptations for stage, film and television since. It celebrated its 175th anniversary on December 19, 2018.

"A Christmas Carol” remains relevant to today despite much of the story being anachronistic. The Poor Law at that time financed the poorhouse, the Treadmill, and debtor prisons by taxing businesses.  The taxes that Scrooge paid to finance these establishments have been repealed and faded into the past. In 1843, Christmas was not an official holiday in England, but a half day of business unless it fell on a Sunday, according to Royal Exchange rules.

Dickens was an avid advocate for stronger copyright laws in England and internationally. He vehemently disliked people adapting and modifying the plot of his novella; he did not receive royalties from these pirated adaptations, which frequently added characters and made significantly changes to the story.

Of these film and television adaptations, which do you believe Dickens would most approve?

After voting, please discuss and share some Christmas cheer.
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Edits done with a slight change. Dickens really did call the book a short story. Plus I had added a few quotes from the book. Thank you.
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Typos:

#1: 
While the score has few memorable songs to it, its major sin is the scene of Scrooge and Marley in hell. In that scene, Marley is out of character from the way Dickens wrote him.

#2:
.... Several of the stars recorded the songs from the play which were hit songs back in that day. Its main faults is that it deleted many of Dickens' scenes in order to fit the story into the one hour time slot, had Scrooge's living quarters in the same building as his business office (but I can see where they got the idea from since Scrooge lived in only three rooms ....
... Why? Maybe because, since it was England’s first attempt at welfare, it was also a means for businesses to forcefully collect their debts owed to them by forcing debtors to work off their debt if they didn’t have the money to pay their debts. Even Scrooge, in the book, never called the workhouse a “Worthy institution”.

#7: It stays faithful to Dickens' story.

#9: 
This is probably the worst offender of the lot. But yet, this is considered the definitive version of the Carol. Why? While it definitely relates to the audience how Scrooge did involuntary support "the Tread Mill Law", The Poor Law, the workhouses, poor houses and (debtor's) prisons through taxes on his business, ....

... This got the character of Scrooge right as being more as stingy or frugal and hurting damaged goods man and being more indifferent to the poor than what the other films portray him as. 

....The film has Belle going on to be a spinster helping other poor people. That is not what Dickens wrote. He wrote a scene of her as a mother with children and a family that could have been Scrooge’s but he lost that chance.

#10:
The only film I remember that includes the bit about the Dutch tiles in Scrooge's fireplace. It is performed by an actor...

#11:
...But it makes the same sins by including scenes and characters that are not in Dickens' book and excluded other scenes from the book.
...Dickens did write that and it is one of the few films to show it.

#13:
The original silent screen version.
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Edits done.
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dgranger,

Thank you for making the edits.

You still have one minor (but glaring) typo for #2:
WWhile it is not certainly ...

Should be:
While it is not certainly ...
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