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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 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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Largely as a result of this film's box office success (and that of 1937's Captains Courageous) by the late 1930s, Freddie Bartholomew was one of Hollywood's highest-paid child actors. With a weekly salary of $2,500, he ranked second only to the #1 box office star of the time, Shirley Temple. See more »

Goofs

Mr Micawber chases away David's tormentors and puts his arm around him, but the arm is gone in the next immediate shot. In all scenes with W.C. Fields there are indeed continuity errors that editing does not mask. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Peggotty: Don't be unhappy David.
David Copperfield as a child: I'll be happy Peggotty. And I'll see you sometimes.
[as Pegotty kisses David he notices Mr Barkis looking down at him from the cart]
David Copperfield as a child: Oh, but Peggotty, you haven't given Mr. Barkis his proper answer, you know.
Nurse Peggotty: Oh, bless the boy. Answer to what?
Barkis: Barkis is willing.
Nurse Peggotty: What would you say, darling, if I was to marry Mr. Barkis?
David Copperfield as a child: I should think it would be a very good thing. Then you would always have the horse and cart to bring you to see me in.
Nurse Peggotty: Oh, the sense of the boy!
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Crazy Credits

The main title of the film shows the novel's full, extended title: "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger", rather than the title by which it is more popularly known, "David Copperfield". Poster advertising for the film, as well as reviews and all popular references to it, used the shortened title, as did later television listings for it. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of David Copperfield (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Noel
(uncredited)
Traditional 17th century carol or earlier
[Partially Sung and played during the opening credits]
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One of the best in Dickens films - a true classic.
16 October 2006 | by lora64See all my reviews

Although I've seen the movie on TV a few times over the decades, today I received the DVD digital version of "David Copperfield", wonderfully restored, and I must admit that the subtitles were a tremendous help in catching every bit of the story.

To me Freddie Bartholomew as young David is the most moving character because as a sensitive, loving child he must endure so much injustice and heartache, what with the loss of his mother, the brutal treatment from his stepfather, and then being sent away to a workhouse, only to flee to the safety of his aunt in Dover, walking all the way by foot, in hopes of a better life to grow up in. The stark realistic atmosphere that envelops many of the episodic scenes draws one into the tale with captivating ease. I consider it even more convincing than the scenes from "Great Expectations", the version with John Mills in it.

W.C. Fields gives a remarkably sincere and fine portrayal of Mr. Macawber with all his many subtleties of speech. I couldn't picture it being performed as well by anyone else, and I think Ch. Laughton would not have been the right choice or as convincing.

I put this early film at the top of my list of great ones!


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