David Copperfield

As one might expect from Cukor, an exemplary adaptation of Dickens' classic, condensing the novel's sprawl with careful clarity, and yielding up a host of terrific performances from its superb cast. Pride of place, of course, goes to Fields as Micawber, refusing to conceal his American accent, relishing the verbal gems, and for once allowing us to inspect the heart of tarnished gold that lay beneath his crusty exterior. One of those rare things: a blend of Art and Hollywood that actually works.

Release details

Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Cukor
Screenwriter: Hugh Walpole, Howard Estabrook
Cast: Freddie Bartholomew
Frank Lawton
WC Fields
Roland Young
Edna May Oliver
Basil Rathbone
Maureen O'Sullivan
Lionel Barrymore
Lewis Stone
Lennox Pawle
Elsa Lanchester
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