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David Copperfield (1913)

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director:

Thomas Bentley

Writers:

Thomas Bentley (scenario), Charles Dickens (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Ware Kenneth Ware ... David Copperfield (as an adult)
Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield ... David Copperfield (as a child) (as Eric Desmond)
Len Bethel Len Bethel ... David Copperfield (as a youth)
Alma Taylor ... Dora Spenlow
H. Collins H. Collins ... Wilkins Micawber
Jack Hulcup Jack Hulcup ... Urian Heep
Jamie Darling Jamie Darling ... Daniel Peggotty
Edna May Edna May ... Little Em'ly - as a child
Amy Verity Amy Verity ... Little Em'ly
Cecil Mannering Cecil Mannering ... Steerforth
Ella Fineberg Ella Fineberg ... Agnes Wickfield
Miss Harcourt Miss Harcourt ... Betsy Trotwood
Johnny Butt Johnny Butt ... Mr. Murdstone
Miss West Miss West ... Mrs. Micawber
Shiel Porter Shiel Porter ... Mr. Wickfield
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David Copperfield, shortly after the death of his beloved father, becomes aware of the attention of one Mr. Murdstone to his mother. His displeasure at such attentions is markedly evidenced, and as a result he is dispatched on a visit to Aunt Peggoty's home in Yarmouth, which has been made of an upturned boat by the side of the sea. Here be meets little Emily. Upon his return to his home. "The Rookery," he finds his suspicions were true, and Murdstone has become his stepfather. Revolting against the tyranny and cruel treatment accorded him at the hands of his stepfather, David is sent to school at Salem House. While there he is advised of the death of his dear mother. After his mother's death, David is apprenticed to serve in the Murdstone brewery, and there becomes a lodger at the home of Mr. Micawber. The Micawbers, in straitened circumstances, are evicted from their humble dwelling, and David, mourning the loss of his new-found friends, resolves to run away from his brewery ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дейвид Копърфийлд See more »

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Production Co:

Hepworth See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Used many of the actual locations in which the novel was set. See more »

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A Faithful Adaptation
3 November 2002 | by boo_squibSee all my reviews

Thank you Grapevine Videos for preserving so many classic silents like this one.

The remarkable thing about this film is the obvious love of Dickens' writing that the director and cast show. The director made sure of using the real settings that Dickens' describes in his story. So that when David enters the city of Canterbury, we see the famous stone arch that welcomes the typical visitor to this day.

Even the over the top acting works well, as it gives modern day audiences an idea of how Dickens timeless melodramas were treated by its Victorian actors.

A definite must see for the Dickens' fans.


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