|The Right to Be Happy|
|Directed by||Rupert Julian|
|Screenplay by||Elliott J. Clawson|
|Based on||A Christmas Carol |
by Charles Dickens
(est. 55 minutes)
|Language||Silent (English intertitles|
The Right to Be Happy is a 1916 American silent Christmas fantasy film directed by Rupert Julian. The film is based on the 1843 novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The movie stars Rupert Julian as Ebenezer Scrooge and Claire McDowell as Mrs. Cratchit.
The film is a retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, recounting the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Rupert Julian. Scrooge is an elderly miser and curmudgeon. Alone in his room on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley portrayed by Harry Carter. Marley’s ghost tells Scrooge three spirits will visit him over the next three nights.
Then, the Ghost of Christmas Present played by Richard L'Estrange appears, who shows Scrooge how the Cratchit family has fared. He finds out, unless the future changes, the Cratchit's disabled son, Tiny Tim featuring (Frankie Lee), will die.
The last spirit Scrooge meets is The Ghost of the Future played by (Tom Figee). This figure shows Scrooge scenes of people discussing someone's death. Nobody in the room seems concerned about the dead person. Scrooge doesn't know who the dead man is. Then, he finds out Tiny Tim has also passed. Next, Scrooge discovers he is the man whose death is celebrated.
He vows to change his ways and become a new person. Finally, Scrooge wakes up at home and finds out all the spiritual visits had happened during Christmas Eve. He also finds out today is Christmas Day.
Each visit positively changed Scrooge; he transforms into a kinder, gentler man full of Christmas spirit.
Actor Role Rupert Julian Ebenezer Scrooge John Cook Bob Cratchit Claire McDowell Mrs. Cratchit Frankie Lee Tiny Tim Harry Carter Jacob Marley Emory Johnson Fred, Scrooge's Nephew Francelia Billington Scrooge's Sweetheart Lydia Yeamans Titus Mrs. Fezziwig Wadsworth Harris Ghost of Christmas Past Richard L'Estrange Ghost of Christmas Present Tom Figee The Ghost of the Future Roberta Wilson Caroline
Film is history. With every foot of film that is lost, we lose a link to our culture, to the world around us, to each other, and ourselves.
filmmaker, director NFPF Board
A report created by film historian and archivist David Pierce for the Library of Congress claims:
- 75% of original silent-era films have perished.
- 14% of the 10,919 silent films released by major studios exist in their original 35mm or other formats.
- 11% survive in full-length foreign versions or on film formats of lesser image quality. Many silent-era films did not survive for reasons as explained on this Wikipedia page.
- The Right to Be Happy at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Right to Be Happy at the TCM Movie Database
- "Preservation Basics". filmpreservation.org. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
Movies have documented America for more than one hundred years
- Pierce, David. "The Survival of American Silent Films: 1912-1929" (PDF). Library Of Congress. Council on Library and Information Resources and the Library of Congress. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
- Slide, Anthony (2000). Nitrate Won't Wait: History of Film Preservation in the United States. McFarland. p. 5. ISBN 978-0786408368. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
It is often claimed that 75 percent of all American silent films are gone and 50 percent of all films made prior to 1950 are lost, but such figures, as archivists admit in private, were thought up on the spur of the moment, without statistical information to back them up.
- "The Right to Be Happy / Rupert Julian [motion picture]". www.loc.gov/film-and-videos/.