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The Goblins and the Gravedigger, a forgotten Dickens
The Goblins and the Gravedigger, a forgotten Dickens
Storyrocket Number

252-749748987

Intended Medium

Movie, Stage-Theatre

Language

English

U.S. Electronic Copyright Office

None

Material Type

Script

Funding Platform

None

Location

United Kingdom

A small rural village somewhere in England.
Era

Distant Past

Victorian era
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Submited by: Kenny Chumbley (Writer)
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Adelaide Books

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It's Christmas Eve; a mean-spirited gravedigger stands on the brink of doom...and his only hope is a band of goblins.

Synopsis

Gabriel Grub is a church sexton (gravedigger), who suffered heartbreaking cruelty as a child and grew into a bitter and malicious adult. He’s especially contemptuous of Christmas, and while digging a grave one Christmas Eve, he is kidnapped by goblins who take him to their underground cavern. There, by use of a three-page enchanted book, they force Grub to see himself for the brute he has become. Initially resistant to the their efforts to redeem him, the devastating reality of his wretchedness, and the hope the goblins hold out, result in him becoming a changed man.

From the Dickens Fair, possibly the largest Dickens' festival in the world, comes this response to my story:
"It appears you have indeed unearthed the proto-Scrooge! We do have an entire guild dedicated to Dickens 'Other Books' and as the name implies they bring forth many of his lesser-known pieces. I believe they have looked at other Christmas novels by Dickens over the years, such as 'The Chimes,' 'The Haunted Man' and 'The Cricket on the Hearth.' I think I can accurately say however no one has ever undertaken this unique tale of the Gabriel Grub, and it is splendid!"

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  • Jude Law
    Jude Law as Gabriel Grub
    Male 50 Years old
    © Getty Images
  • Shaun Evans
    Shaun Evans as Mr. Wardle
    Male 40 Years old
    © Getty Images
  • Jack Black
    Jack Black as Goblin
    Male 500 Years old
    © Getty Images
  • Paul Giamatti
    Paul Giamatti as Samuel Pickwick
    Male 60 Years old
    © Getty Images
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