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The Old Curiosity Shop (1934)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  21 December 1935 (USA)
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An elderly shop-keeper and his grand-daughter are threatened by the rich, mean-spirited dwarf Quilp, and decide to flee across England to escape him. They are pursued both by Quilp and by ... See full summary »

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An elderly shop-keeper and his grand-daughter are threatened by the rich, mean-spirited dwarf Quilp, and decide to flee across England to escape him. They are pursued both by Quilp and by the shop-keeper's long-lost brother, who wants to find them for a different reason. Written by Snow Leopard

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Loja de Antiguidades  »

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Although Thomas Bentley filmed several Dickens adaptations, this was his only talkie. See more »

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The shadows of the camera, the cameraman and camera stand can be seen in the opening scene as the Bristol Mayfair pulls away. See more »

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Very primitive cinematography
9 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Obviously cinema was an entirely new concept to most of these theatrical actors, and it shows. The Quilp character, played by Hay Petrie was a prime example of this. It was all about stage "projection" and came across as very hammy. Also, I got the feeling that the film had under run, and bits that were quite unnecessary and repetitive for expositional purposes, were put back in. There were several external shots of the coach house that were superfluous, having already established the location of the action. However, interesting to watch from an historical aspect. I have tried to track down more information on Elaine Benson but there is very little out there, regarding her later work.


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