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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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Triumphantly brought to the screen for the first time! Another Dickens treasure springs to life in the rich traditions of "David Copperfield", "A Tale of Two Cities", "Great Expectations", and "Oliver Twist" ! 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

George Minter Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film of June Thorburn. See more »

Quotes

Nathaniel Winkle: Gentlemen, Mr. Jingle is the viper in our midst.
Samuel Pickwick: Viper?
Nathaniel Winkle: Viper, sir.
Tracy Tupman: Nonsense, Winkle.
Samuel Pickwick: Nonsense, Winkle.
Augustus Snodgrass: N-nonsense, Winkle.
Nathaniel Winkle: Very well, then... we shall see.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits finish with The End of The Pickwick Papers See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of Les aventures de Monsieur Pickwick (1964) See more »

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A superior movie version of the comic Dickens novel
15 January 2012 | by tparis-2See all my reviews

I remember this movie with great affection from the days of my childhood when it was broadcast several times on the CBC. When it became available on DVD I had to purchase it if only to mark Dickens bicentennial year of 2012. All the major comic episodes of the novel are covered with the exception of the Eatanswill election and the cricket match between Dingley Dell and All-Muggleston. As noted by another reviewer the movie by necessity omits the rather gloomy moral tales that Dickens chose to insert at intervals. The movie is further enlivened by the presence of a roster of great British character actors - Hattie Jacques, Hermione Gingold and James Hayter as Mr. Pickwick. Canadians will know him best as Mr. Tebbs, the senior salesman in the Mens Department, on the sitcom Are You Being Served. I notice that the actor who played Sam Weller died in January 2012 just a few days before I purchased the DVD - he was the last survivor among core cast.


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