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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby -- After the death of his father, Nicholas Nickleby, his mother, and his sister are cared for by his greedy uncle Ralph, who accepts the duty rather unwillingly.


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Charles Dickens (by)
John Dighton (screenplay)
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3 December 1947 (USA) See more »
Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alberto Cavalcanti  (as Cavalcanti)
Writing credits
Charles Dickens (by)

John Dighton (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
John Croydon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lord Berners 
Cinematography by
Gordon Dines (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leslie Norman  (as Leslie A. Norman)
Art Direction by
Michael Relph 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hair stylist
Ernest Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hal Mason .... production supervisor
Jack Rix .... unit manager
Sound Department
Stephen Dalby .... recordist
Eric Williams .... sound supervisor
Special Effects by
Lionel Banes .... effects
Cliff Richardson .... effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Parker .... camera operator
Maurice Selwyn .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Horn .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Ernest Irving .... conductor
Lord Berners .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ernest Irving .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Ernest Irving .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Walker .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
J.A.E. Kitchen .... period consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-11 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) (2006) | USA:Approved (PCA #12157)

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This film received its initial telecast in the New York City area Tuesday 4 July 1950 on WNBT (Channel 4).See more »
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Referenced in Little Women (1994)See more »


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5 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Someone Else's Silent Film, 1 October 2006
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Gosh, what a disaster.

Here's the problem with Dickens. He makes a lot of story, just chocks things full of characters, motives, events. Its not that he is describing a world so much as creating one. That's the central notion here that in entering a Dickens project, you enter a world that is especially suited for the narrative arcs he will give us.

Those are arcs concerned with the ridiculous state of man, a particular kind of London-oriented man. There are only two balls he juggles, this writer. One is the notion of justice (though not always precisely what we would like) and the other is the ridiculousness. We'll see that as humor when we consider certain characters or events, but its really rooted in the nature of the world.

Its a great formula, this notion of the world, a sort of battle between the firm laws of fate that always spin correctly and the contrasting notion that there is a wobble in some of those wheels, perhaps coming from our weaknesses, perhaps God just having a bad day.

If you want to translate one of his projects to film, you need to capture this first. And you need to do it at the most basic level, quite literally in the creation of the world we see. The cinematic vocabulary IS up to it. The version of this story by McGrath understood this intuitively, though he would probably describe it superficially as the balance of gravitas and humor.

This version... Well, they got all the bits of the story in there. And they have a remarkably pretty girl as the sister-at-risk. And, alas, the world they have created is quite competent and coherent visually. In fact if this weren't Dickens, it would almost make sense to watch it without sound. If you know the story, you can do that with some of these old films that have disastrous management of sound, speech and score — as this does.

But that coherent world we'd see has nothing to do with the world of Dickens.

Stay away from this one. Its dreadful. Everything that makes it a movie gets in the way of everything that makes it a good book.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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