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The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) Poster

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The novel, the last by Charles Dickens, was unfinished at the time of his death in 1870.
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Shooting began Nov. 18, 1934, completed in January, 1935, released Feb. 4.
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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.
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Lavishly produced by Universal at a time, in retrospect, could least afford it. The studio was not yet aware of the failure of their most recent Dickens' adaption, Great Expectations (1934) and due to Carl Laemmle's financial excesses and asleep-at-the-wheel managerial style, Universal was rapidly sinking into a financial debacle. This film, like so many of Universal's of this period, flopped.
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Boris Karloff was the first actor considered for the role of the opium-addicted John Jasper.
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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features.
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