Right to Be Happy (1917)

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Although Rupert Julian was basically a journeyman director, he never saw himself in that light. He certainly liked to challenge himself, and that he does in this version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by playing Scrooge. He was ably supported by John Cook as Scrooge's overworked clerk Bob Crachit, Francis Lee as Crachit's boy, Tiny Tim, Francelia Billington as Scrooge's long-ago sweetheart and Harry Carter as the ghost of Scrooge's partner, Jacob Marley. This take on the Dickens story was decent enough (if you ignored the fact that it was obviously shot in sunny southern C alifornia, and that the actors in their heavy coats and mufflers were undoubtedly sweltering), but any of the later versions are better.