Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result.
When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to London to work for a living. When David escapes to his aunt Betsey his life starts to get better.Written by
In the late 1930s, Freddie Bartholomew's birth parents read about the fortune their child was being paid in Hollywood, after ceding control of their son's life to the aunt who had brought him to America years earlier. Hoping to get their hands on the child's money, they filed a series of lawsuits demanding custody, which eventually ate up the bulk of Bartholomew's earnings and negatively impacted his acting career. By the time he reached adolscence, he was considered a "has been." See more »
When adult David leaves Canterbury for London, a dark vertical line from a matte shot, corresponding with the right-hand side of the city gate, passes through all the characters on the stagecoach. See more »
The main title of the film shows the novel's full, extended title: "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger", rather than the title by which it is more popularly known, "David Copperfield". Poster advertising for the film, as well as reviews and all popular references to it, used the shortened title, as did later television listings for it. See more »
Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »
The best cast, best rendition of a classic novel ever.
I've read "David Copperfield" at least a half dozen times. If it's not the greatest novel in the English language, then it's darned close to it. Like any Dickens work, there are plots within plots and scores of major and minor character. With the exception of excluding poor Traddles, this film catches the essence of the story better than any since--and I defy anyone to cite a better movie for casting the right actor with the right character. Of course, W.C. Fields' Mr. McCawber was superb and has been cited time and again as a great characterization, but it's also difficult to fault Basil Rathbone's Mr. Murdstone, Edna may Oliver's Aunt Betsy, Roland Young's Uriah Heep, Freddy Bartholomew's young David, Lionel Barrymore's Mr. Peggoty or Maureen O'Sullivan's Dora Spenlow. As well, George Cukor's direction and period details are top-notch, as is the screen adoption of a very complicated novel. It's simply one of the greatest movies ever made.
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