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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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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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

In a 1972 interview with Leonard Maltin, Madge Evans declared: "In David Copperfield (1935)... they [Thalberg and Selznick] replaced Charles Laughton as Micawber. After they'd shot ten days or so, Laughton was taken off the film, because Selznick didn't think he was funny, and they got W.C. Fields." See more »

Goofs

When Freddie Bartholomew walks from London to Dover, several roadside signposts give the distance in miles - England uses the Metric System, so the information would be given in kilometers instead. See more »

Quotes

Barkis: No sweethearts I believe?
David Copperfield as a child: What?
Barkis: No person courting?
David Copperfield as a child: Oh. No, no.
Barkis: Ahhh. Well, when you is talking to her private, perhaps you'd tell her that Barkis is willing.
David Copperfield as a child: That Barkis is willing. Is that all the message?
Barkis: Well, y... y... yes. Barkis is willing.
David Copperfield as a child: Very well, Mr Barkis. I'll tell her.
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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

Referenced in A Fireside Chat with Lionel Barrymore (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight
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(aka "The Outlandish Knight" and other names)
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Sung a cappella by Hugh Williams
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Perfect casting and being true to the Dickens novel help make this a great film.
2 January 2012 | by emprofSee all my reviews

This film is so true to Dickens' novel, and the acting is so incredibly perfect. Every actor in this film, from the stars to the extras made this film a treasure. Freddie Bartholomew as the young David is convincingly the naive, good-natured, and bright David. Roland Young easily displays the creepy, slimy, and untrustworthy Uriah Heap. After his role as Mr. Murdstone, it is no wonder Basil Rathbone was often typecast as a ruthless villain. Edna May Oliver should have won an academy award as the stilted but caring Aunt Betsey Trotwood. This was the quintessential role for W. C. Fields as the penniless Micawber. Jessie Ralph as the faithful, loving Nurse Peggotty was perfectly cast. What is so amazing, too, is that this film does a fine job of capturing many of the details in the almost 700-page novel. With George Cukor as director, it is not surprising this was a fine film.


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