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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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Director:
Writers:
Charles Dickens (novel)
W.P. Lipscomb (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The most dramatic love story in the history of literature! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Adaptation With Colman & Much More See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (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. Evremonde
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. Clery  bibliography "Journal of the Temple" &
Mademoiselle des Echerolles  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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities'" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
128 min | USA:121 min (video version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Actor Ronald Colman agreed to play the role of Sydney Carton with the sole condition that he not also be required to play the role of Charles Darnay, as was usually expected in adaptations of the Dickens novel. The plot of 'A Tale of Two Cities' turns on the physical resemblance between the two characters. Colman had long wanted to play Sidney Carton, and was even willing to shave off his beloved mustache to play the part.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Sydney Carton attends Christmas Eve services ca. 1780 during which "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" is sung to music by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), and John Francis Wade's Latin hymn, "Adeste fideles," is sung in Frederick Oakley's (1802-1880) translation as "O Come, All Ye Faithful."See more »
Quotes:
Miss Pross:Mr. Carton, the infant has expressed a desire to say good night to you.
Sydney Carton:The infant's desire shall be gratified immediately, Prossy.
[he goes]
Jarvis Lorry Jr.:I suppose it's none of my business, but I wouldn't allow that fellow to handle a child of mine.
Miss Pross:As to that, you haven't got one... and from the looks of you, you're not likely to have one.
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35 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Adaptation With Colman & Much More, 29 October 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Perhaps best known for Ronald Colman's signature performance as Sidney Carton, this excellent adaptation of Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities" also has a lot of other strengths to offer. Colman is joined by the likes of Edna May Oliver and Basil Rathbone in a fine cast that brings the characters to life. The story itself is filled with good scenes, ranging from the exciting Bastille scene to courtroom showdowns to important confrontations between the characters.

The novel contains a lot more material than would ever fit into a normal-length movie, and the screenplay does a good job of selecting sequences that fit together and that work well on the screen. While differing in places from the original, it preserves the most important themes and ideas. The French Revolution is an interesting and multi-layered subject, and a good number of high-quality classic films are set in the period. The Dickens novel, in particular, lends itself readily to a cinema adaptation.

The role of Sidney Carton is almost an actor's dream, an unlikely hero who has to battle his own limitations as well as the situation around him. Colman's classic style does full justice to the role, making the character fully sympathetic without pretending that he is something he is not, and without drawing attention away from the overall themes and focus of the story. Most present-day actors would be far too self-absorbed to play the role as it should be played.

Almost everything in this version is satisfying and enjoyable. It combines plenty of drama with some good lighter moments and period detail, almost all of it done with skill. Colman himself clinches it with his memorable portrayal of a challenging and interesting character.

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