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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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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film completed the 2 picture contract Claude Rains signed with Universal following the success of his debut in The Invisible Man (1933). The first feature was The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) completed in October 1934. 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

John Jasper: [Awakening from his stupor] What was I doing?
The Opium Woman: Stranglin' me! You can't go around stranglin' people without payin' for it!
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Version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1960) See more »

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Silent Night
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Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Sung as Christmas carol
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Riveting and well-directed gothic.

I was quite surprised to find this to be a grade A film, beautifully made with excellent cinematography, sets, costumes and stellar performances from the entire company. The involved plot is well laid out by the other reviewer on this site - Lady Kiara - so I won't repeat it here.

Suffice to say Montgomery gives one of his finest performances in a dual role -as the hot-headed Neville Landless and the mysterious stranger - and Heather Angel is perfectly cast as the innocent and meek Rosa Bud. Rains is as always superb as the crazed and jealous would-be lover. Outstanding is character actress Zeffie Tilbury as the Opium Woman.

This is excellent film and excellent Dickens. Highly recommended.


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