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The Pickwick Papers (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 5 May 1954 (USA)
The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director:

Noel Langley

Writers:

Charles Dickens (by), Noel Langley (adapted for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Hayter ... Samuel Pickwick
James Donald ... Nathaniel Winkle
Nigel Patrick ... Mr. Jingle
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Leo Hunter
Hermione Gingold ... Miss Tompkins
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Bardell
Donald Wolfit ... Sergeant Buzfuz
Harry Fowler ... Sam Weller
Kathleen Harrison ... Rachel Wardle
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Tracy Tupman
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Augustus Snodgrass
Diane Hart ... Emily Wardle
Joan Heal Joan Heal ... Isabella Wardle
William Hartnell ... Irate Cabman
Athene Seyler ... Miss Witherfield
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Storyline

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law. Written by Snow Leopard

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Charles Dickens' Joyful Masterpiece See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Pickwick See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was released in England in 1952 and opened in New York in 1954, it was not nominated for Oscars until 1956, due to its not having played in Los Angeles until then. See more »

Quotes

[Pickwick is angry at Mrs. Bardell's lawyers over her breach-of-promise suit, and they are goading him]
Dodson: Perhaps you'd like to call us swindlers, sir. Pray do so if you feel disposed, ah pray do, sir.
Samuel Pickwick: I do. You ARE swindlers.
Dodson: Very good. You'd better call us thieves, sir. Perhaps you'd like to assault one of us.
Fogg: Pray do so, if you would. We would make not the slightest resistance.
Sam Weller: [realizes what's happening and steps in to save Mr. Pickwick] You just come away, sir. Battledore and shuttlecock's a *...
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Closing credits finish with The End of The Pickwick Papers See more »

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Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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Don Quixote in Early 19th Century England
12 September 2016 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

First off, let it be understood that this film is not a complete version of The Pickwick Papers. But then, nobody could possibly fit a novel of some 600 pages into a movie of less than 2 hours without making a considerable number of cuts. That being said, however, it is a very good condensation of Charles Dickens's first novel.

The Pickwick Papers was not only Dickens' first novel, it was among his lightest and funniest. Those who know Dickens only from his heavy, dark novels, such as of Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby will find herein a much lighter and merrier Dickens, for The Pickwick Papers is very definitely a comedy

Nevertheless, however, Dickens' eye for characters and scenes is fully in evidence. Few novels can boast of so many memorable characters as The Pickwick Papers, and this film version certainly does them all justice. Nobody films Dickens like the British, and they've certainly done themselves proud here. The original Pickwick Papers was published as a magazine serial and came lavishly illustrates, and all of the actors have gone the extra mile to depict, as faithfully as possible, the characters as set down in the original novel.

The story is of a naive old gentleman who sets off to discover England, accompanied by three equally naive members if his club and his worldly Cockney valet. The misadventures of Mr. Pickwick and his friends, among the plethora of colorful characters whom they encounter, form the basis of the book. The production is not the most lavish, but the performance of every one of the large cast is spot-on perfect, and that more than makes up for a lack of budget. Those who have read the novel will love this version, even if is abridged. This who have not read the novel can still enjoy it for its many colorful characters and hilarious situations.


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