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Mr. Quilp (1975)
Best version is Mr Quilp
28 December 2000
As a Newley fan I enjoyed watching Mr Quilp when shown of British Television in 1984. Recently I purchased a copy of the USA version "The Old Curiosity Shop" which is basically Mr Quilp with cuts. (Two songs cut and several character sequences omitted). In my opinion, the best number in the film is "Every Dog Has His Day" in which Quilp realises he has been cheated, and an almost slapstick sequence provides light relief in this otherwise solemn story. The USA version omits this song, and as a result throws the film out of balance. The musical director for the film is Elmer Bernstein, who provides excellent musical accompaniment.
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