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David Copperfield / The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation Of David Copperfield The Younger


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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
8.73 /10
 
Starring
W.C. Fields , Lionel Barrymore , Maureen O'Sullivan
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Directed by: George Cukor
Written by: Howard Estabrook, Hugh Walpole, from Charles Dickens's novel

 
 
 
Released: 1934
   
Genre: DRAMA
COSTUME
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 132
 
 


 
Young man (Freddie Bartholomew/ Frank Lawton) in Victorian England becomes an author.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Filleted version of a classic, semi-autobiographical novel. Fields's famous performance as the feckless Micawber (pictured centre) riled a few critics, who might have been happier with the actor originally cast, Charles Laughton, who resigned from the part after two days of shooting (someone on set said of him that "he looked as though he were about to molest the child"); but to modern eyes, Fields is the best thing in the film. Production values and acting ability are high throughout (though Cukor's direction lacks the poetic intensity of David Lean's Great Expectations ); the only regret is that, since so much of Dickens has been left out, it amounts to little more than an introduction to the story.

“Fields had his own ideas about playing Mr Micawber in David Copperfield. He wanted to include a juggling routine and when I said Dickens never mentioned Micawber juggling, he said ‘He probably forgot’.”
(George Cukor)


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