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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Allan ...
Jessie Ralph ...
Harry Beresford ...
David - the Child
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Herbert Mundin ...
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Jean Cadell ...


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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20 June 1935 (Argentina)  »

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David Copperfield  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In response to the widespread criticism of his having played Micawber with a strong American accent W.C. Fields responded, "My father was an Englishman and I inherited this accent from him! Are you trying to go against nature?!". See more »


Micawber, an Englishman, speaks with an American accent (see trivia). See more »


Dan Peggotty: [Peggotty sits down with David Copperfield to tell him the fate of Emily, who had run off with Steerforth] Master Davy... It was in Naples, by the sea. There he wearied of her, and left her. When she knowed she was abandoned, her heart died in her. That snake - his servant - insulted her. Told her he'd been left there by his master to marry her. Something cast off for a servant's use. She tried to die by her own hand. So he locked her up, imprisoned her. And she, my poor lass, when night come, ...
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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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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Partially Sung a cappella by W.C. Fields twice
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Some amazing character actors!
22 July 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This version of David Copperfield is a little disappointing in that the lead characters (David, Agnes, Steerforth, Little Em'ly) are somewhat bland and don't reveal their depth of feeling or passion. But the actors who play the supporting characters are so superb that this version is worth seeking out for those who love Dickens' work. Aunt Betsy, Uriah Heep, Mr. Dick, Mr. Micawber, Dan Peggotty and Ham are fleshed out by actors who have true spark and understand that their characters are supposed to be a little larger than life.

W.C. Fields can act- he's not just playing himself here. Although Mr. Micawber is a somewhat Fields-ish fellow, Fields adds a touching sincerity to Micawber's belief that he will come out ahead someday to everyone's benefit. Micawber's denunciation of Uriah Heep is both fun and close to what one can picture from the novel.

A lot of plot is left out, since you can't really cram an epic like that into a 2 hour film- the BBC miniseries is better for depth of character and filling in plot holes- but this 1935 version can be considered a classic for those looking for a nice large-screen adaptation with some incredibly good character actors.

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