The Right to Be Happy

The Right to Be Happy is a 1916 American silent Christmas fantasy film directed by Rupert Julian, based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Starring Julian and Claire McDowell, the photoplay was produced by the Bluebird Photoplays and released on December 15, 1916, by Universal.


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 Harry Carter. Marley’s ghost tells Scrooge three spirits will visit him over the next three nights.