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David Copperfield (1935)

The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger (original title)
A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Chillip
Hugh Walpole ...
The Vicar
John Buckler ...
Fay Chaldecott ...
Little Em'ly - the Child
Jane Murdstone
Jean Cadell ...
Mrs. Micawber


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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Release Date:

20 June 1935 (Argentina)  »

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David Copperfield  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally David O. Selznick considered filming the book as two separate movies. See more »


When adult David leaves Canterbury for London, a dark vertical line from a matte shot, corresponding with the right-hand side of the city gate, passes through all the characters on the stagecoach. See more »


David - the Man: Don't let her notice, in the next box, the most beautiful girl. Oh, Steerforth, what heavenly curls.
Steerforth: By Jove, she is pretty; but, those two old dragons with her.
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Crazy Credits

The main title of the film shows the novel's full, extended title: "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger", rather than the title by which it is more popularly known, "David Copperfield". Poster advertising for the film, as well as reviews and all popular references to it, used the shortened title, as did later television listings for it. See more »


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We Three Kings of Orient Are
(1857) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by John H. Hopkins
Partially Sung and played during the opening credits
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One of the best in Dickens films - a true classic.
16 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Although I've seen the movie on TV a few times over the decades, today I received the DVD digital version of "David Copperfield", wonderfully restored, and I must admit that the subtitles were a tremendous help in catching every bit of the story.

To me Freddie Bartholomew as young David is the most moving character because as a sensitive, loving child he must endure so much injustice and heartache, what with the loss of his mother, the brutal treatment from his stepfather, and then being sent away to a workhouse, only to flee to the safety of his aunt in Dover, walking all the way by foot, in hopes of a better life to grow up in. The stark realistic atmosphere that envelops many of the episodic scenes draws one into the tale with captivating ease. I consider it even more convincing than the scenes from "Great Expectations", the version with John Mills in it.

W.C. Fields gives a remarkably sincere and fine portrayal of Mr. Macawber with all his many subtleties of speech. I couldn't picture it being performed as well by anyone else, and I think Ch. Laughton would not have been the right choice or as convincing.

I put this early film at the top of my list of great ones!

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