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Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)

An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her.

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Stuart Walker
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Cast overview:
Claude Rains ... John Jasper
Douglass Montgomery ... Neville Landless
Heather Angel ... Rosa Bud
David Manners ... Edwin Drood
Francis L. Sullivan ... Rev. Mr. Septimus Crisparkle
Valerie Hobson ... Helena Landless
Zeffie Tilbury ... The Opium Woman (as Zeffie Tillbury)
Ethel Griffies ... Miss Twinkleton
E.E. Clive ... Mayor Thomas Sapsea
Walter Kingsford ... Hiram Grewgious
Forrester Harvey ... Durdles
Veda Buckland Veda Buckland ... Mrs. Tope (as Vera Buckland)
Elsa Buchanan Elsa Buchanan ... Mrs. Tisher
George Ernest ... Deputy (as Georgie Ernest)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Chief Verger Tope
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Storyline

John Jasper, a brooding, moody choirmaster at a finishing school in Victorian England, maintains a secret life that includes frequenting an opium den. His tortured mind becomes obsessed with a young student, Rosa Bud, who is engaged to his nephew Edwin Drood. When she senses the intensity of Jasper's feelings, she becomes frightened of him and avoids his company. When the mixed-blooded Neville Landless and his twin sister Helena arrive at the school from Ceylon, Neville and Edwin take an immediate dislike to one another over Rosa's affections. Although they quarrel and make up, Edwin disappears, and suspicion logically falls on the quick-tempered Neville. Written by duke1029

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' 'Mystery of Edwin Drood' See more »

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Budget:

$215,375 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film completed the 2 picture contract Claude Rains signed with Universal following the success of his debut in The Invisible Man (1933). The first feature was The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) completed in October 1934. See more »

Goofs

After the first dinner party, as David Manners and Douglass Montgomery are walking down the street to go home, the shadow of the boom mike can be seen in the background on the side of the buildings. See more »

Quotes

John Jasper: Mr. Neville, In my presence two nights ago did you or did you not raise a knife against my Ned?
Neville Landless: I did.
Mayor Thomas Sapsea: A knife? Mmmm... most un-English!
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Connections

Version of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1914) See more »

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Silent Night
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Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Sung as Christmas carol
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Timeless
7 November 2014 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

This film is now about 80 years old and it refers to a time about 80 years before that. Much of the dialog is kind of Dickensian and all spoken with British accents. Yes its slow developing at first but at least this gives you a good introduction to the characters, much as a novel might do. But it proves again one fact that has been well known for 150 years: Charles Dickens was a heck of a storyteller.

One of the foundation stones of mystery film making, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" still holds up in its mystery elements (murder, cemetery, crypt, fog, etc.)

Claude Rains is bravura in a complex role. Sweet-faced Heather Angel, Douglass Montgomery and David Manners provide fresh, youthful energy. All of the performers bring Dickens' vivid characters to life.

E.E.Clive gives one of his gem-like performances in a small part. Its a pleasure to let yourself go back in time as you enter the long-lost world of Dickens and this long-lost film making art.


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