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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)

Approved | | Drama | 3 December 1947 (USA)
A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.

Director:

Alberto Cavalcanti (as Cavalcanti)

Writers:

Charles Dickens (by), John Dighton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Bond ... Nicholas Nickleby
Cedric Hardwicke ... Ralph Nickleby
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Nickleby
Sally Ann Howes ... Kate Nickleby
Bernard Miles ... Newman Noggs
Athene Seyler ... Miss La Creevy
Alfred Drayton ... Wackford Squeers
Sybil Thorndike ... Mrs. Squeers
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Fanny Squeers
Roy Hermitage Roy Hermitage ... Wackford Squeers Jnr.
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Smike
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Phoebe
Cyril Fletcher Cyril Fletcher ... Mr.Mantalini / Alfred Mantalini
Fay Compton ... Madame Mantalini / Mme Mantalini
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Miss Knag
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Nineteenth century England. When Nicholas Nickleby's father dies and leaves his family destitute, his uncle, the greedy moneylender, Ralph Nickleby, finds Nicholas a job teaching in a repulsive school in Yorkshire. Nicholas flees the school taking with him one of the persecuted boys, Smike, and they join a troop of actors. Nicholas then has to protect Smike, while trying to stop his Uncle Ralph taking advantage of his sister Kate, and later his sweetheart, Madeline Bray, whose father is in debtors prison. Written by Will Gilbert

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Trivia

This film received its initial telecast in the New York City area Tuesday 4 July 1950 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Little Women (1994) See more »

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Standard Setting Version
6 October 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

This is an excellent version. I find it much superior to the 2002 offering, which I have just seen. Derek Bond, Cedric Hardwicke - virtually every actor and portrayal is fuller and fitter. The view and flow are entirely more pleasing. It is much better tied together. I needed this previously seen version to help tie the 2002 one together - it is so chopped. I eagerly sought out the book after seeing this some time ago. It is one I had not read, and very much desired to after viewing. Thankfully, it is still being shown by TCM. One needs a good version of any classic, and this one settles it for me with Nickleby. I agree that it sets the standard. Unfortunately, it was not followed in the most recent version to date. Someone mentions the problems with Dickens - If the makers of this film had a problem with Dickens in general or Nickleby in particular, they certainly solved it nicely. Indeed, they should be consulted by those who do.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nicholas Nickleby See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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