Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers

Director: Noel Langley

Cast: James Hayter, James Donald, Alexander Gauge

     
 

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John Hayter is Samuel Pickwick is this delightful filmization of Dickens' seriocomic novel. Mr. Pickwick is chairman of the Pickwick club, a scholarly league operating in mid-19th century London. The club's avowed purpose is to scrupulously study everyday life in England-not to improve or remonstrate, but simply examine, as a scientist would examine life under the

Overview

John Hayter is Samuel Pickwick is this delightful filmization of Dickens' seriocomic novel. Mr. Pickwick is chairman of the Pickwick club, a scholarly league operating in mid-19th century London. The club's avowed purpose is to scrupulously study everyday life in England-not to improve or remonstrate, but simply examine, as a scientist would examine life under the microscope. The episodic storyline transports the Pickwicks all over town, from the fashionable digs of ever-in-debt roue Mr. Jingle (Nigel Patrick) to debtor's prison. The Candide-like Mr. Pickwick survives his many experiences (including a duel and breach of promise suit) with the invulnerability of innocence. The Pickwick Papers was produced, directed and adapted by Noel Langley, a brilliant, hard-drinking wit who once upon a time had labored on the screenplay of Hollywood's The Wizard of Oz.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A rollicking and quite entertaining adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, The Pickwick Papers isn't afforded the same respect as such other Dickens adaptations as David Lean's Great Expectations, but it's a sweet and charming film that offers many pleasures. Pickwick, like much of Dickens, is quite episodic and lacks the strong plotline of some of his other works; as a result, there's not as much "punch" to Pickwick. It's also unabashedly comic in tone; there's some serious social commentary in it, but it's masked by delightful buffoonery and even slapstick. This makes Pickwick perfect "light" entertainment, a lovely way to pass a summer evening when something to tickle the funnybone is desired that doesn't require a tremendous amount of thought. It's very well done, and Noel Langley's adaptation is about as fine as could be done of such a lengthy book, and as a director Langley has a sprightly tone that works well for the material. As the title character, James Hayter is jolly and kindly and a perfect tour guide; he has a hard time, however, in keeping Nigel Patrick from stealing the picture. There are also welcome contributions from Hermione Gingold, Hermione Baddeley and many others.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
UPC:
0089859108136
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Vci Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Hayter Samuel Pickwick
James Donald Mr. Winkle
Alexander Gauge Mr. Tupman
Nigel Patrick Mr. Jingle
Kathleen Harrison Rachael Wardle
Lionel Murton Mr. Snodgrass
Joyce Grenfell Mrs. Leo Hunter
Donald Wolfit Sgt. Buzfuz
Hermione Gingold Miss Tomkins
Hermione Baddeley Mrs. Bardell
Harry Fowler Sam Weller
Diane Hart Emily Wardle
William Hartnell Irate Cabman
Athene Seyler Miss Witherfield
Sam Costa Job Trotter
George Robey Tony Weller
Gerald Campion Fat Boy
Walter Fitzgerald Mr. Wardle
Mary Merrall Grandma Wardle
Raymond Lovell Surgeon
Max Adrian Aide
Joan Benham Actor
Helen Burls Actor
D.A. Clarke-Smith Mr. Dodson
Pamela Deeming Actor
Jessie Evans Actor
Felix Felton Actor
Helen Goss Actor
Linda Gray Actor
May Hallatt Actor
David Hannaford Actor
Joan Heal Isabel Wardle
Hattie Jacques Mrs. Nupkins
John Kelly Actor
Barry Mackay Mr. Snubbins
Gibb McLaughlin Foreman
Jack McNaughton Actor
Dandy Nichols Actor
Noel Purcell Roker
George Rose Actor
June Thorburn Arabella
Raf dela Torre Actor
Cecil Trouncer Mr. Justice Stareleigh
John Vere Actor
Alan Wheatley Mr. Fogg
Noel Willman Actor

Technical Credits
Noel Langley Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Anne V. Coates Editor
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Fletcher Makeup
Anthony Hopkins Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
George Minter Producer
Fred Pusey Art Director
Charles Dickens Source Author

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