Marley's Ghosts has a very intriguing premise - Marley has a rare gift that comes with mixed blessings. She can talk to the dead, which sadly now includes both her husband Adam, her lover Michael as well as the local vicar. Dead awkward.
So begins a bizarre ménage-a-quatre, with Adam, Michael and the vicar all moving in, albeit in ghostly form, to Marley's haunt, sorry, home.
Naturally Marley isn't crazy about this new set up - but all looks rosy again when the ghosts convince her that they're just a figment of her overwrought imagination, and for a moment she really believes they've gone. But, no, these apparitions ain't evaporating - they're going nowhere.
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 40 minutes
Marley's Ghosts - Jacob Marley - Netflix
Jacob Marley is a fictional character who appears in Charles Dickens's 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. He is Ebenezer Scrooge’s deceased business partner, now a chained and tormented ghost, doomed to wander the earth forever as punishment for his greed and selfishness when he was alive. Marley roams restlessly, witnessing the hardships others suffer and lamenting that he has forever lost his chance to help them. Marley arranges for the three spirits to visit Scrooge and gives his friend an opportunity for redemption, which Marley tells him was “...a chance and hope of my procuring.”
Marley's Ghosts - Appearances in various film adaptations - Netflix
In the 1935 film Scrooge he is played by an uncredited Claude Rains. In this adaptation, he is invisible, and the viewers only hear his voice. In the 1938 film A Christmas Carol, he is played by Leo G. Carroll. Michael Hordern played Marley twice, once in the 1951 film Scrooge and then as the voice of Marley in Richard Williams' 1971 animated film. Hordern also played the role of Scrooge in a 1977 television adaptation for the BBC, with the role of Marley played by John Le Mesurier. In the 1962 animated television special Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, he is voiced by Royal Dano. In the 1969 animated TV film by Famous Classic Tales, Marley is voiced by Bruce Montague. This incarnation of Marley has a skull-like head with hair dancing up like a flame, a floor-length nightgown, and chais wrapped around his waist. In the 1970 film Scrooge, Marley is played by Alec Guinness. In the 1983 special Mickey's Christmas Carol, the character is played by Goofy (Hal Smith). This version of the character was mentioned to be like a twisted version of Robin Hood, “robbing widows and swindling the poor,” which ultimately led to his punishment of carrying his chains “for eternity... or even longer”. He was also mentioned to have left very little in the way of a fortune, leaving only enough for Scrooge to pay for Marley's tombstone, so the former had him buried at sea instead. After bidding Scrooge farewell, he trips on Scrooge’s cane and falls down the stairs, letting out Goofy’s signature howl as he tumbles. In the 1984 made-for-television film of A Christmas Carol, the film opens with Marley's funeral procession. While Scrooge walks home, he hears Marley's voice calling him from an apparitional hearse, and then again before Scrooge sees Marley's face on the door knocker. Frank Finlay's performance as Marley is considered one of the best portrayals of the character. In the film Scrooged (1988), a modern interpretation of Dickens' novella, Lew Heyward, a version of Jacob Marley, is portrayed by John Forsythe. In a particularly memorable scene, he is depicted as a walking mummified corpse all covered in dust and cobwebs as he appears to Frank Cross, the film's Scrooge, played by Bill Murray. In the 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Devil's Due”, Data reenacts Jacob Marley's scene, playing the role of Scrooge. A holodeck version of Marley is portrayed by William Glover. In the 1992 movie The Muppet Christmas Carol, the character is bifurcated into two brothers named Jacob and Robert (a reference to Bob Marley) so that they can be played respectively by Statler and Waldorf (Jerry Nelson and Dave Goelz). In the 1994 special A Flintstones Christmas Carol, the character is called 'Jacob Marbley' and is played by Mr. Slate (John Stephenson). A stone tablet portrait shows of Marbley cheating Scrooge by tipping his side of the scale with his finger. In the 1995 made-for-TV film Ebbie, Jeffrey DeMunn plays Marley's modern version, Jake Marley, Elizabeth “Ebbie” Scrooge's mentor and later partner who dies of a heart attack right in front of her. In the 1997 made-for-television film, Ms. Scrooge, Katherine Helmond portrays a female version of the character, Maude Marley. She explains that her only chance for salvation is for Ebenita to changer her ways. In the 1998 Canadian made-for-television Western version, Ebenezer (portrayed by Jack Palance), the character's last name has been changed to “Marlowe” and is portrayed by Richard Halliday. In the 1999 made-for-television film version, he is portrayed by Bernard Lloyd. This film version opens with his funeral in 1836, then jumps ahead to 1843. In the 2000 VH1 made-for-television film A Diva's Christmas Carol, Rozonda Thomas plays a female version of the character Marli Jacob, the former singing partner of Ebony Scrooge who died in a car crash years earlier. Unlike other adaptations, she is freed from her chains when Ebony changes her ways. In the 2001 film Christmas Carol: The Movie, Marley is voiced by Nicolas Cage. In the 2004 parody An Easter Carol, Marley is voiced by Tim Hodge. (as Grandma Nezzer) In the 2004 film A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Marley is played by Jason Alexander. Marley's Ghost is a 2003 play by Jeff Goode which is a prequel to A Christmas Carol. In the 2006 movie A Christmas Carol, the character is portrayed as an anthropomorphic cricket (just like Jiminy Cricket, who played the Ghost of Christmas Past in Mickey's Christmas Carol). In this adaptation, he is given an extra scene where Scrooge's redemption frees him from his punishment. In the 2008 comedy film An American Carol, the role of Marley is taken by the spirit of John F. Kennedy, portrayed by Chriss Anglin. In the 2009 animated film adaptation, he is voiced by Gary Oldman. This version is shown to be in a state of decay, with his cheeks splitting at one point, rendering him unable to talk properly. In the 2015 BBC television series Dickensian he is played by Peter Firth. Early in planning for the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode “A Hearth's Warming Tail”, Discord was cast as a Jacob Marley like character; however, the concept was cut for time. In the Thomas and Friends episode, Diesel's Ghostly Christmas, the role of Marley's Ghost is portrayed by Emily (played by UK: Teresa Gallagher/US: Jules de Jongh. In the 2017 film The Man Who Invented Christmas, he was played by Donald Sumpter.