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David Copperfield (1935)

The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger (original title)
A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Charles Dickens (by), Hugh Walpole (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edna May Oliver ... Aunt Betsey
Elizabeth Allan ... Mrs. Copperfield
Jessie Ralph ... Nurse Peggotty
Harry Beresford ... Dr. Chillip
Freddie Bartholomew ... David - the Child
Hugh Walpole Hugh Walpole ... The Vicar
Basil Rathbone ... Mr. Murdstone
Herbert Mundin ... Barkis
John Buckler John Buckler ... Ham
Fay Chaldecott Fay Chaldecott ... Little Em'ly - the Child
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Gummidge
Lionel Barrymore ... Dan Peggotty
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Jane Murdstone
Elsa Lanchester ... Clickett
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Micawber
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Storyline

When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to London to work for a living. When David escapes to his aunt Betsey his life starts to get better. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1935 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

David Copperfield See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

1935 saw the release of two Dickens adaptations, both produced by David O. Selznick - David Copperfield (1935) and A Tale of Two Cities (1935). Both were Academy Award nominees for Best Film. See more »

Goofs

When adult David leaves Canterbury for London, a dark vertical line from a matte shot, corresponding with the right-hand side of the city gate, passes through all the characters on the stagecoach. See more »

Quotes

Uriah Heep: [runs to the wall safe, opens it] The books! The books are gone! Who stole the books?
Mr. Micawber: I did, when you gave me the keys this morning as usual.
David - the Man: Don't be uneasy, they're in my possession now. I'll take care of them.
Uriah Heep: Oh, so you receive stolen goods now, do you?
David - the Man: In these circumstances, yes.
Uriah Heep: Hmm, what do you want done?
David - the Man: I'll tell you what must be done; Mr. Wickfield, please.
David - the Man: First, the deed of partnership must be given over to me now, here.
Uriah Heep: Supposing I haven't got it.
Aunt Betsy Trotwood: But you have, therefore we won't ...
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Crazy Credits

Film opens with the last sentence of Charles Dickens's preface to the original edition: "Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts, a favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield." See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of David Copperfield (1911) See more »

Soundtracks

We Three Kings of Orient Are
(1857) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by John H. Hopkins
Partially Sung and played during the opening credits
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Good Adaptation of Dickens
4 March 2007 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This film might be the best adaptation of a Dickens novel this side of the epic Scrooge story itself. The cast is stellar & well put together. This film alone is the reason W C Fields had an inside track to be the Wizard of Oz in 1939. If Fields hadn't wanted so much money for Oz, it would have been interesting.

Fields is excellent in a supporting role in this movie. While some of his comedy, especially a good piece of his physical comedy is worked in early in this film, it is his acting that is good. This is Fields best dramatic part in any movie.

Freddie Bartholmew is great as young David Copperfield. Basil Rathbone (later Sherlock Holmes) is excellent in support too. George Cukor is solid in directing this film at a good pace too. Overall, I don't know if a remake of this could be any better. Check this out if you happen upon the film anyplace. Last time I saw it was on Turner Classic Movies.

I am glad I finally saw this as for years I had heard about this film & especially how good Fields is in it. When I finally saw it, everything I had heard about it was right.


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