1938 version. i think the 1951 version is better in large part due to alastair sim who does the best job of making the transition of scrooge seem real. he’s really believable as both the evil and kind scrooges. this one is more of a family favorite, though, so i’ve seen it several times as well. tiny tim in this one is good and it does have a more light-hearted feel to it. it’s also short and sweet which probably makes it a good entry-level version of the story. it’s like the one you show kids after they’ve seen the muppets version and the 1951 version is the one you show them when they’re teenagers.