A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  25 December 1935 (USA)
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A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution.


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Elizabeth Allan ...
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An elaborate adaptation of Dickens' classic tale of the French Revolution. Dissipated lawyer Sydney Carton defends emigre Charles Darnay from charges of spying against England. He becomes enamored of Darnay's fiancée, Lucie Manette, and agrees to help her save Darnay from the guillotine when he is captured by Revolutionaries in Paris. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Release Date:

25 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities'  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Blanche Yurka's first film in 18 years and also her first sound film. See more »


Close up of a paper reporting arrest of Charles Darnay shows a Reuters report. The action takes place in 1785...Paul Reuter was born in 1816 and did not set up his eponymous news agency until 1850. See more »


[the mercenary troops are marching through Paris]
Jacques ll6: How many thousands of these foreign soldiers are they bringing in?
Madame Defarge: It doesn't matter how many; it will do them no good.
The Vengeance: It will do them no good. Ha!
Madame Defarge: The starving people of Paris might wait a long time before rising up to fight French soldiers; but against hired, foreign troops... any day... any hour...
The Vengeance: Any minute!
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Romance No.6, Op.6 (None But the Lonely Heart)
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played as background music by The MGM Symphony Orchestra
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Not many films can live up to the book, this one did.
4 September 2003 | by (cambridge) – See all my reviews

A Tale of Two Cities is one of my top 5 books. All the emotions are there and you are left feeling uplifted but frustrated. The film has captured all this. Whilst it has not all the elements of the book (we would be talking about a 5 hour film) it has distilled the important essence and portrayed it beautifully. Ronald Coleman was a fine actor, his characters colourful and full of life. There have been a few remakes for the big screen and TV but none come even close to the brilliance of this film. Therefore it goes into my top 10 of films. What more can I say.

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