Tuesday, December 03, 2013

'You Wish to Be Anonymous?' | Seymour Hicks (1935)

1935's Scrooge omits the charitable solicitors altogether, which calls into question the usefulness of the scene. Some adaptations make in interchangeable with Fred's visit and now we have a version that simply leaves it out.

As I argued when we looked at Dickens' version, I do think the solicitors' scene is doing something different from Fred's, but the significance of that difference could be up for debate and I acknowledge that simply leaving out the solicitors is a valid option (though not, in my opinion, the preferable one).

Frankly, I'd be surprised that it isn't deleted from more versions except that the "surplus population" line is such a classic.

1 comment:

Caffeinated Joe said...

I prefer it included, as well.

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