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George Cukor's `David Copperfield' respectfully treats the immortal characters Dickens created. The original's plot was never changed drastically, and you still feel that this is a Hollywood film - Hollywood in the 1930s when the name of producer David O. Selznick appears on the screen AFTER the director's name. Then the film shows a book cover, and someone slowly turns over the page. No one makes films like this today
The film starts with the delightful turn of Edna May Oliver as Aunt Betsy Trotwood, one of the juiciest roles in this film, and she never disappoints us. Beautiful Elizabeth Allan (then on contract to MGM, also seen in `Tale of Two Cities') effectively plays the young mother of David, too young and maybe foolish. Basil Rathbone as chilling Murdstone makes a great contrast with her sunny personality that is destroyed by his cold heart.
Cukor's `David Copperfield' is usually associated with W. C. Fields's Mr. Micawber, which is surely convincing and funny without overacting, but as I have pointed out, there are so many good actors besides Fields (who actually replaced Charles Laughton after the shooting had started).Read more ›
David Copperfield, while somewhat faded in the physical quality of the video itself, as a film is a perfect example. It's full of wonderful character actors who seem to be having the times of their lives in their parts.
Basil Rathbone is at his villanest, as the evil stepfather, Mr. Murdstone. Roland Young is particularly effective as the slimey Uriah Heep. And the great W.C. Fields personifies the always hopeful Mr. Micawber. Dickens would have loved his interpretation of the wonderful mountebank.
The only clinker in the whole cast is Freddie Bartholomew, who often comes across as a whiney twit. I'm sure Fields would have liked to have given him a kick in the pants, like he did Baby LeRoy in The Old-Fashioned Way.
I recommend the film heartily for young and old. You will certainly recognize the same virtues and vices in people you see today. Unfortunately, good and evil nowadays don't always result in the same outcomes as in Charles Dicken's time.
When you've finished this film, move on to Great Expectations with Alec Guiness, Jean Simmons and John Mills; Oliver Twist with Alec Guiness, Robert Newton and Anthony Newley and A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim. If you aren't dripping with good will and cheer by then, let's face it you're either dead or Scrooged.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a huge collection of vintage films on DVD, but this one is really special. Funny to see this in writing because I was never much a fan of thirties moppet Freddy Bartholomew... Read morePublished 8 days ago by G.I Gurdjieff
Saw this movie on TV and had to own it. W.C. Fields does a nice job acting in this. Great old classic.Published 9 days ago by sanjo
David Copperfield has the distinction of being Dickens' favorite of all the books he wrote. It is a wonderful novel, to be sure, and deeply personal. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MMMSMan
This is a light treatment of a great Novel by Charles Dickens. It is enjoyable, but I bought it to see the performance of that great comic W.C. Fields. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert H. Boyer
This is one of my favorite movies from my youth. Freddie Bartholomew was a wonderful young actor. W.C. Fields is great too. I am so glad I finally saw it on DVD. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Susan Harris
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