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Director:
Writers:
Charles Dickens (novel)
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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:
One Of The Very Best Of The 1930s 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)
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)
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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 by)
 
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:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 12, 1942 with Ronald Colman reprising his film role.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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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
One Of The Very Best Of The 1930s, 7 June 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Rarely have I upgraded a film between viewings as much as I did this one. I saw it quite a while ago and thought it was so-so, but watched it again last week after re-acquiring the VHS....and wow, what an incredible movie! This has to be one of the finest movies of the 1930s.

Production-wise, with the big cast of extras, the photography, the superb acting and powerful story, I can't see how another film, with the exception of "Gone With The Wind," that featured all that this film boasts. Why it is not out on DVD as of this writing - June of 2006 - is a disgrace.

Starting with visuals, this movie reminded me in parts of a good film-noir with the shadows-and-light and great facial closeups. It's just beautifully filmed, and the big reason I'd want to view this on disc.

As for the acting, if ever a man looked and sounded like he was perfectly suited for a certain role, it has to be Ronald Colman playing "Sidney Carton." The anguished, reflective sorrowful looks alone made Colman memorable in this role. It's hard to picture anyone else doing a better job as the man who has no esteem, finds love, is greatly disappointed but then does the most noble thing any human being can do for another, giving up his own for a friend. It's fitting you get Scripture at the end of this film, and in earlier parts of the story as Colman plays a role in which Jesus himself describes how best to show one's love for someone. This is a very spiritual film, by the way, which may turn off some people but was an inspiration to this reviewer.

Almost as riveting as Colman was Blance Yurka. Hers is a not a familiar screen name but apparently she was a big success on the stage during her era. As "Madame DeFarge," Yurka plays on the most vengeful and frightening female figures I've ever seen on film. Too bad she wasn't seen in more movies; she had the charisma for the silver screen.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Allan as the female lead ("Lucy Manette") and Donald Woods as the other male interest ("Charles Darnay") do well in their leading roles. Three other supporting players also are notable for their standout performances: Edna Mae Oliver as Lucy's protective maid/companion "Miss Pross;" Basil Rathbone as the evil French Aristocrat "Marquis St. Evremonde" and Henry B. Walthall as "Dr. Manette."

This Charles Dickens story couldn't have been translated any better to the big screen that what you see here.

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