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David Copperfield (1935)
"The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger" (original title)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  20 June 1935 (Argentina)
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When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to... See full summary »

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David - the Child
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When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to London to work for a living. When David escapes to his aunt Betsey his life starts to get better. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Two actors in this film, Herbert Mundin, who played Barkis, and John Buckler, who played Ham Peggotty, were killed in road accidents before the end of the 1930's. See more »

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Micawber folds the paper of accusation twice. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Clara Copperfield: What have you got against Mr Murdstone?
Nurse Peggotty: [unimpressed at the meer mention of his name] Huh!
Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Is it to be hinted at that I am lacking in affection for my precious treasure? The dearest little fellow that ever was!
Nurse Peggotty: Nobody ever went an hinted no such thing.
Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Am I a naughty mama to you, Davy? Am I a nasty and selfish bad mama? I don't love you at all do I
David Copperfield as a child: [tearful] Yes you do...
Nurse Peggotty: [the tearful three embrace] I never meant to hurt you, m'am. I never meant to.
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Film opens with the last sentence of Charles Dickens's preface to the original edition: "Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts, a favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield." See more »

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Good Christian Men, Rejoice
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Music Traditional
Words attributed to Heinrich Suso (14th century)
Latin Translated to English by John M. Neale
Partially Sung and played by M-G-M Chorus and Orchestra during the opening credits
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Oliver tops even Fields
11 January 2010 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Having always heard of David Copperfield, but never having read the novel nor seen the movie, I finally decided to check out the DVD. I found it quite enjoyable with an all-star cast and good Dickensian backdrops.

I have always loved W.C. Fields, but have to disagree with those who say he steals the show. Although he is perfect as Mcawber, to me it is Edna May Oliver who steals the picture. She is delightful as the dotty aunt – especially standing up to Mr. and Miss Murdstone with the loony backing of Mr. Dick (a charming Lennox Pawle).

Of course Lionel Barrymore always makes the most of a part and does so as the gruff fisherman Dan Peggotty. Freddie Bartholomew is excellent as the young David. Elizabeth Allen is gorgeous and delightful as David's mother, while Basil Rathbone and Violet Kemble Cooper are cold and devious as the step-father and his housekeeper sister.

The entire cast is excellent, including Jessie Ralph as Peggotty and Herbert Mundin as the 'willing' Barkis. My only complaint – and this is from one who hasn't read the book – is that the miscellaneous characters get a bit confusing. A guy who apparently had been nice to David in school runs off with and abandons the adopted daughter of Peggotty's brother. Then two men fight during a shipwreck and David sees his school friend dead. Perhaps things were better spelled out in the book.

In any event, it is a quite charming film. Oliver and Field are delightful, along with the rest of the talented cast. I doubt that as better adaptation could be done today.


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