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Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)

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An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her.

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John Jasper, a brooding, moody choirmaster at a finishing school in Victorian England, maintains a secret life that includes frequenting an opium den. His tortured mind becomes obsessed with a young student, Rosa Bud, who is engaged to his nephew Edwin Drood. When she senses the intensity of Jasper's feelings, she becomes frightened of him and avoids his company. When the mixed-blooded Neville Landless and his twin sister Helena arrive at the school from Ceylon, Neville and Edwin take an immediate dislike to one another over Rosa's affections. Although they quarrel and make up, Edwin disappears, and suspicion logically falls on the quick-tempered Neville. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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4 February 1935 (USA)  »

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Charles Dickens' 'Mystery of Edwin Drood'  »

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$215,375 (estimated)
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Boris Karloff was the first actor considered for the role of the opium-addicted John Jasper. See more »

Goofs

After the first dinner party, as David Manners and Douglass Montgomery are walking down the street to go home, the shadow of the boom mike can be seen in the background on the side of the buildings. See more »

Quotes

Rosa Bud: Oh, Helena, I'm frightened!
Helena Landless: Mr. Jasper?
Rosa Bud: He haunts my thoughts like a dreadful ghost!
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Version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Sung as Christmas carol
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Very good, as an adaptation and on its own
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Claude Rains, a consistently great actor, is reason enough to see any film. And Mystery of Edwin Drood is very good, it does a noble job adapting an unfinished book and works very well on its own. It does have pacing issues and the ending is far too melodramatic. The stylised Gothic sets though are very striking and the film is filmed most handsomely and further advantaged by generous direction from Stuart Walker. The atmosphere evoked really does give off a sense of unease. The dialogue is easy to follow and is written, while the story is tense and suspenseful. The film is short for a Dickens adaptation, but the mystery is always involving and respects the book, well with what they had to work with, rather than disembowelling it. The characters are believable, especially the tortured and creepy John Jasper. Claude Rains may have given better performances, but he is still exceptional, and from Rains you wouldn't expect any less. In fact all the cast acquits themselves well, particularly Douglass Montgommery and Heather Angel. David Manners doesn't have as much to do but is also good. To conclude, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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