10 Bob Cratchits, Ranked from Worst to First

Categories: Film and TV

God bless us, everyone.
Every fan of A Christmas Carol has their favorite Scrooges -- whether it's George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart or Mr. Magoo.

But the role of Bob Cratchit is also crucial, and a slew of big names have taken their shot at it, with mixed results.

It can be a tough role to pull off without going overboard on either the pusillanimous workplace behavior or the Hallmark saccharine of the scenes around the family hearth.

Here are ten Cratchits, ranked from worst to first.

10. David Warner A talented actor who will perhaps forever be best known for his role in Titanic, Warner's performance in the George C. Scott TV movie isn't terrible, but it's badly hampered by the set designer and director. The Cratchit hovel looks positively homely, all light and airy and clean, and you'd never think their Christmas goose was especially small until Warner mourns its supposed tiny size.

9. Rhys Ifans
The scene-stealer from Notting Hill may very well have been a good Cratchit, but we haven't seen this so we can't judge. The animation looks cheap, but the cast includes Simon Callow, Kate Winslet and, ummm, Nicolas Cage.

8. Gene Lockhart
Serviceable enough in this 1938 version, just a little too hammy for our taste. Trivia note: Lockhart had a daughter named June, who went on to play the mom in the TV series Lost in Space.

7. Jack Cassidy
Jack Cassidy was a master villain in a couple of Columbos and he had a great Broadway voice, but he isn't given much to do in Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol. At least he played a part in introducing the world to razzleberry dressing.

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Figgy Jones
Figgy Jones

Jack Cassidy! Columbo! Razzleberry dressing! Truly, sir, Christmas has come.

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