Little Dorrit (1920)

A jailed debtor refuses to marry an heiress until she loses her fortune and he gains another.

Director:

Sidney Morgan

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Sidney Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lady Tree ... Mrs. Clenman
Langhorn Burton Langhorn Burton ... Arthur Clenman
Joan Morgan Joan Morgan ... Amy Dorrit
Compton Coutts Compton Coutts ... Pancks
Arthur Lennard Arthur Lennard ... William Dorrit
J. Denton-Thompson J. Denton-Thompson ... John Chivers
George Foley George Foley ... Merdle
George Bellamy George Bellamy ... Fred Dorrit
Arthur Walcott Arthur Walcott ... Flintwick
Judd Green Judd Green ... Old Bob
Betty Doyle Betty Doyle ... Fanny Dorrit
Mary Lyle Mary Lyle ... Mrs. Merdle
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The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed when her boss's son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

August 1920 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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What the British do best
8 September 2018 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

As soon as full-length film-dramas came into vogue in 1912, the British "dragged out the Dickens", as Tom Lehrer sings somewhere, and became specialisst in the "classic" film which they have remained to this day. This Little Dorrit (not he first - Thanhouser had made a film in 1913) is only known to survive in an eighteen-minute Pathescope version made for home-viewing but even in that sadly abbreviated version (the original ran for more than an hour) it is really just the kind of well-made, well-acted film that the British have produced ever since. Lady Tree (the widow of celebrated actor-mamager Beerbohm Tree) is superb as Mrs. Clennam and it is a great shame that we do not have the complete version.


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