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9 year old 'Pip' Pirrip, an orphan living with relatives, aids and befriends an escaped convict on the moors, an act that will have a profound effect on his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillips Holmes ...
Florence Reed ...
Rafaela Ottiano ...
George Barraud ...
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Jaggers (as Francis Sullivan)
Douglas Wood ...
Forrester Harvey ...
George P. Breakston ...
Pip, as Child (as Georgie Breakston)
Harry Cording ...
Eily Malyon ...
Sarah Pocket (as Eily Malyan)
Anne Howard ...
Walter Armitage ...


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Release Date:

22 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Expectativa  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Francis L. Sullivan recreated the role of Jaggers in the 1946 adaptation of the novel. See more »


Prison Doctor: Abel Magwitch shall not die on the gallows, Mr. Pirrip.
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In the end credits, Valerie Hobson, who played Estella as an adult in David Lean's 1946 version of "Great Expectations", is credited as having played Biddy, a rather prominent character, in this 1934 version, but Biddy never appears at all. See more »


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It is hard to compare this version or any other version of Great Epacation because of the numerous ones made ,and the fact that they were all made in different time periods. The main idea though is to get the point of the novel across. This version does this in a very timely manner as well as appealing. While it may not be a blockbuster it is a fair interpretation of the movie. It should not be taken lightly. It is in fact a great movie for the use in teaching of the book. Were is in the place I view this fine production. Even though it is not the best I want to reinforce again it should not be forgotten ,and should be remembered as a classic.

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