Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, "disguises" herself as a boy, "Sylvester." They are ... See full summary »
Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »
Robert Z. Leonard
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »
Perfect casting and being true to the Dickens novel help make this a great film.
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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