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A Tale of Two Cities -- Charles Dickens' classic story is brought to the screen in this Oscar-nominated production. Set during the French Revolution, two men find themselves in love with the same woman.


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Release Date:
25 December 1935 (USA) See more »
The most dramatic love story in the history of literature! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Ronald Colman and Blanche Yurka should have won Oscars See more (59 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Colman ... Sydney Carton
Elizabeth Allan ... Lucie Manette

Edna May Oliver ... Miss Pross

Reginald Owen ... Stryver

Basil Rathbone ... Marquis St. Evrémonde
Blanche Yurka ... Madame De Farge
Henry B. Walthall ... Dr. Manette

Donald Woods ... Charles Darnay
Walter Catlett ... Barsad
Fritz Leiber ... Gaspard

H.B. Warner ... Gabelle
Mitchell Lewis ... Ernest DeFarge
Claude Gillingwater ... Jarvis Lorry

Billy Bevan ... Jerry Cruncher

Isabel Jewell ... Seamstress
Lucille La Verne ... The Vengeance (as Lucille LaVerne)

Tully Marshall ... Woodcutter
Fay Chaldecott ... Lucie - the Child
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Cruncher
E.E. Clive ... Judge in 'Old Bailey'

Lawrence Grant ... Prosecutor
Robert Warwick ... Judge at Tribunal
Ralf Harolde ... Prosecutor
John Davidson ... Morveau
Tom Ricketts ... Tellson Jr.
Donald Haines ... Jerry Cruncher Jr.
Barlowe Borland ... Jacques 116
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Tom - Coach Driver on the Dover Road (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Executioner (uncredited)
Joe Amick ... Crowd Extra (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Barbara Barondess ... Female Aristocrat About to Be Executed (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
John Bryan ... Small Role (uncredited)
Elsa Buchanan ... Candy Clerk (uncredited)
Burr Caruth ... Guillotine Seller (uncredited)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Background Singers (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Clerk (uncredited)
Nigel De Brulier ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Chappell Dossett ... Priest at Wedding (uncredited)
Frank Dunn ... Official (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Clerk (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Mary Foy ... Old Hag (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Headsman (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Gentleman (uncredited)
Dale Fuller ... Old Hag (uncredited)
Winter Hall ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Joe (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Leader at Bastille (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Billy House ... Border Guard (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Small Role (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Walter Kingsford ... Victor (uncredited)
Marion Lessing ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Clinton Lurie ... Small Role (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Clerk (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ... Small Role (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Jailer (uncredited)
Shirley McDonald ... Jacques #2 (uncredited)
Cyril McLaglen ... Guillotine Operator (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Lackey #1 (uncredited)
John Miltern ... Clerk (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Cartwright (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Old Hag (uncredited)
Charles Requa ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Condemned Dandy (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Chief Registrar (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Old Crony (uncredited)
Jay Taylor ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Joseph R. Tozer ... Inspector (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Aristocrat (uncredited)
Judith Vosselli ... Wife of Count (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Revolutionary (uncredited)
Chester Withey ... Small Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Conway 
Robert Z. Leonard (fill-in director) (uncredited)
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (novel "A Tale of Two Cities")

W.P. Lipscomb (screen play) and
S.N. Behrman (screen play)

Thomas Carlyle  bibliography "The French Revolution" &
M. Cléry  bibliography "Journal of the Temple" &
Mademoiselle des Écherolles  bibliography "The Memoirs" (as Mlle. des Echerolles) &
M. Nicholas  bibliography "The Memoirs"

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (musical score)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Tourneur .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fredric Hope .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... musical adaptation (uncredited)
Other crew
Val Lewton .... arranger: revolutionary sequences
Jacques Tourneur .... arranger: revolutionary sequences
Howard Dietz .... press agent (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities'" - USA (complete title)
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128 min | USA:121 min (video version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #1471) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

This was David O. Selznick's last film for MGM. He was able to fund his own studio afterwards largely on the strength of this film's box office receipts.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Title Card:Unheralded, Unexpected, Frenchmen in uniform joined Frenchmen in rags... and rebellion turned to revolutionSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Killer Tomatoes Eat France! (1992)See more »
God Rest Ye Merry GentlemenSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Ronald Colman and Blanche Yurka should have won Oscars, 18 October 1999
Author: JanTartu

A beautiful film rich in feeling, wonderfully evocative of the period, bristling with passion, electrifying with Blanche Yurka's impassioned speech demanding the death of Charles Darnay/Marquis San Evremonde (poor Donald Woods), absolutely heart-wrenching with Colman comforting the poor seamstress (Isabel Jewell)and giving her the last measure of love, friendship and courage before the guillotine. Colman acts with his deep, thoughtful and soulful eyes, as well as with his immortal voice in scene after scene. Forever fabulous and plaudits to all the cast. Colman and Yurka should have won Oscars. Colman incredibly was never nominated, and Blanche's misfortune was that the Supporting Actress Oscar didn't start until the year after (1936)when Gale Sondergard won for Anthony Adverse. Only the most hard-boiled will not shed a tear or two at the movie's end!

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