10 Bob Cratchits, Ranked from Worst to First
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.
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.
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.
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.