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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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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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Trivia

1935 saw the release of two Dickens adaptations, both produced by David O. Selznick - David Copperfield (1935) and A Tale of Two Cities (1935). Both were Academy Award nominees for Best Film. See more »

Goofs

Micawber folds the paper of accusation twice. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Micawber: [entering the room] Miss Trotwood, Mr. Copperfield, and Mr. Dick.
Uriah Heep: Well, this is an unexpected pleasure, Miss Trotwood.
[chuckles nervously]
Uriah Heep: There have been some changes in the office since I was an humble clerk, but I'm not changed, Miss Trotwood.
Aunt Betsy Trotwood: I think you're pretty constant to the promise of your youth, if that's any satisfaction to you.
Uriah Heep: Oh, thank you for your good opinion.
David - the Man: No good opinion is wasted on you, Uriah Heep.
Uriah Heep: Still seeking a quarrel, Master Copperfield?
David - the Man: I'm seeking more than that.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) See more »

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Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
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(aka "The Outlandish Knight" and other names)
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Sung a cappella by Hugh Williams
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The best cast, best rendition of a classic novel ever.
20 August 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews



I've read "David Copperfield" at least a half dozen times. If it's not the greatest novel in the English language, then it's darned close to it. Like any Dickens work, there are plots within plots and scores of major and minor character. With the exception of excluding poor Traddles, this film catches the essence of the story better than any since--and I defy anyone to cite a better movie for casting the right actor with the right character. Of course, W.C. Fields' Mr. McCawber was superb and has been cited time and again as a great characterization, but it's also difficult to fault Basil Rathbone's Mr. Murdstone, Edna may Oliver's Aunt Betsy, Roland Young's Uriah Heep, Freddy Bartholomew's young David, Lionel Barrymore's Mr. Peggoty or Maureen O'Sullivan's Dora Spenlow. As well, George Cukor's direction and period details are top-notch, as is the screen adoption of a very complicated novel. It's simply one of the greatest movies ever made.


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