A Yorkshire School (1910)

A young, compassionate man named Nicholas Nickleby struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.


James H. White


Charles Dickens (novel)


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We see the Nickleby family discussing their financial condition and Nicholas deciding to answer Squeers' advertisement for an assistant. Then we see Mr. Squeers gathering together some of his prospective charges, his meeting with Nicholas, their departure from the "Saracen's Head," a London hostelry, their arrival at the school, the incidents in the school room showing Squeers' brutality and introducing Smike in his pathetic character. Nicholas expresses to Smike his deep sympathy for him, and while he is doing so Squeers enters and takes Smike by the collar, striking him a blow with his cane and threatening Nicholas. That night Smike steals away from the school, only to be brought back by the wily Squeers. The next day as Nicholas is teaching his class Squeers enters, dragging Smike after him, and, after telling all of the shivering youngsters that he is going to give them a practical illustration of the dangers of running away, proceeds to belabor Smike. Nicholas can stand it no ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19th century | yorkshire | See All (2) »


Short | Drama







Release Date:

29 April 1910 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with Drowsy Dick, Officer No. 73 (1910). See more »


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A distinct literary and historical service
4 May 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The famous Dotheboys Hall from Nicholas Nickleby. Here are the well known characters, Nicholas himself, Mr. Squeers, the overbearing schoolmaster, Smike, the unfortunate drudge and others who figure in that immortal work by Dickens. The costumes are historically correct, affording opportunity to see and understand something of the dress, the manners and customs of that time in England. Indeed, the Dickens atmosphere is so carefully reproduced, that for the time one seems to be dwelling in the England of his day. The reproduction of scenes like this deserve commendation. Of course, almost everybody has read Dickens' novels, yet when one sees a series of scenes depicting the main incidents in a novel presented upon a screen they assume a different aspect and the characters which, when reading of them, appeared somewhat shadowy, perhaps, become concrete personalities and one comes to know them almost as real persons. The benefit of such acquaintance is made apparent when one comes to examine one's understanding of the scenes described. The Edison Company has performed a distinct literary and historical service in this production from one of Dickens' novels. - The Moving Picture World, May 14, 1910

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