When young Nell Trent's grandfather loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.
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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