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The Old Curiosity Shop (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 21 December 1935 (USA)
A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.

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Cast overview:
Ben Webster ... The Grandfather
Elaine Benson ... Nell
Hay Petrie ... Quilp
Beatrix Thomson ... His Wife
... Sampson Brass (as Gibb Mc.Laughlin)
Lily Long ... Sally Brass
Reginald Purdell ... Dick Swiveller
Polly Ward ... 'The Marchioness'
James Harcourt ... The Single Gentleman
J. Fisher White ... The Schoolmaster (as J. Fisher-White)
Dick Tubb ... Codlin
Roddy Hughes ... Short
Amy Veness ... Mrs. Jarley
Peter Penrose ... Kit
Vic Filmer ... Tom Scott
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An elderly shop-keeper and his grand-daughter are threatened by the rich, mean-spirited dwarf Quilp, and decide to flee across England to escape him. They are pursued both by Quilp and by the shop-keeper's long-lost brother, who wants to find them for a different reason. Written by Snow Leopard

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Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop  »

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Although Thomas Bentley filmed several Dickens adaptations, this was his only talkie. See more »

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The shadows of the camera, the cameraman and camera stand can be seen in the opening scene as the Bristol Mayfair pulls away. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "Such are the changes Which a few years bring about, And so do things pass away Like a tale that is told"

CHARLES DICKENS See more »

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Version of The Old Curiosity Shop (2007) See more »

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Adieu
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Music by Edward Elgar
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I thought Chopin would creep in somewhere onto the soundtrack
7 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

This was my first viewing of this Dickens classic.It was made into a rather long 2 hour (counting commercials) film in 1934 which I saw today on "London Live" which is a U.K. t.v. channel which transmits classic films daily (Mon-Fri) from 2pm GMT.Bearing in mind talkies had only been created in the cinema since 1927, sound and "talkies" were still very in their infancy.Melodramatic stage acting was still much in force then so one must make allowances, especially in the manner of the grandfather's and Quilp's acting style.

Being a fan of classical music I determined to ascertain the music the producers dubbed onto the soundtrack when little Nell is lying dead in the church ante room, as I considered Chopin's musical melancholic style rather suited this scene.After looking through my piano stool where I keep my sheet music, I retrieved his "Prelude op.28 no.20 in C minor" which is full of minor chords.


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