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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  3 December 1947 (USA)
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Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle, the greedy moneylender, Ralph Nickleby, finds Nicholas a job teaching in a ... See full summary »

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Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle, the greedy moneylender, Ralph Nickleby, finds Nicholas a job teaching in a repulsive school in Yorkshire. Nicholas flees the school taking with him one of the persecuted boys, Smike, and they join a troop of actors. Nicholas then has to protect Smike, while trying to stop his Uncle Ralph taking advantage of his sister Kate, and later his sweetheart, Madeline Bray, whose father is in debtors prison. Written by Will Gilbert

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6 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent version. I find it much superior to the 2002 offering, which I have just seen. Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke - virtually every actor and portrayal is fuller and fitter. The view and flow are entirely more pleasing. It is much better tied together. I needed this previously seen version to help tie the 2002 one together - it is so chopped. I eagerly sought out the book after seeing this some time ago. It is one I had not read, and very much desired to after viewing. Thankfully, it is still being shown by TCM. One needs a good version of any classic, and this one settles it for me with Nickleby. I agree that it sets the standard. Unfortunately, it was not followed in the most recent version to date. Someone mentions the problems with Dickens - If the makers of this film had a problem with Dickens in general or Nickleby in particular, they certainly solved it nicely. Indeed, they should be consulted by those who do.


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