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The Old Curiosity Shop (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 21 December 1935 (USA)
A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

Director:

Thomas Bentley

Writers:

Margaret Kennedy (adaptation), Ralph Neale (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ben Webster Ben Webster ... The Grandfather
Elaine Benson Elaine Benson ... Nell
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Quilp
Beatrix Thomson Beatrix Thomson ... His Wife
Gibb McLaughlin ... Sampson Brass (as Gibb Mc.Laughlin)
Lily Long Lily Long ... Sally Brass
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Dick Swiveller
Polly Ward Polly Ward ... 'The Marchioness'
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... The Single Gentleman
J. Fisher White J. Fisher White ... The Schoolmaster (as J. Fisher-White)
Dick Tubb Dick Tubb ... Codlin
Roddy Hughes Roddy Hughes ... Short
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Mrs. Jarley
Peter Penrose Peter Penrose ... Kit
Vic Filmer Vic Filmer ... Tom Scott
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Storyline

An elderly shop-keeper and his grand-daughter are threatened by the rich, mean-spirited dwarf Quilp, and decide to flee across England to escape him. They are pursued both by Quilp and by the shop-keeper's long-lost brother, who wants to find them for a different reason. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (AmBIPhone Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Thomas Bentley filmed several Dickens adaptations, this was his only talkie. See more »

Goofs

The shadows of the camera, the cameraman and camera stand can be seen in the opening scene as the Bristol Mayfair pulls away. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "Such are the changes Which a few years bring about, And so do things pass away Like a tale that is told"

CHARLES DICKENS See more »

Connections

Version of Mr. Quilp (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet
(uncredited)
from "Two Little Dances"
Music by Herman Finck
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Very Old-Fashioned Melodrama
25 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"The Old Curiosity Shop" is a mostly straightforward adaptation of one of Charles Dickens' most melodramatic stories. The novel was extremely popular in its day, but now comes across as completely old-fashioned. This film version does try faithfully to reproduce the atmosphere and main characters of the original story, so that anyone who enjoyed the book will also like this movie.

The story concerns an elderly shopkeeper and his grand-daughter Nell, who are menaced by the rich, cruel Quilp. They decide to run away and abandon their shop, and are pursued by Quilp, even as the shopkeeper's long-estranged brother is also looking for them, for an entirely different purpose. There are quite a few characters, some of them very interesting, that get involved as the pair move from one place to another. Events lead up to a finale that, while eventful, is rather exaggerated and dated.

The movie does a decent job of creating a Dickens/Victorian feel. But there are quite a few other Dickens novels that seem much less quaint today, and his "The Old Curiosity Shop" is today mostly itself a curiosity. This film version is still worth watching for those who do enjoy very old-fashioned melodramas.


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