The Pickwick Papers

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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • UPC: 089859108136
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: Vci Video
  • Format: VHS

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
Helen Burls
D.A. Clarke-Smith Mr. Dodson
Pamela Deeming
Jessie Evans
Felix Felton
Helen Goss
Linda Gray
May Hallatt
David Hannaford
Joan Heal Isabel Wardle
Hattie Jacques Mrs. Nupkins
John Kelly
Barry Mackay Mr. Snubbins
Gibb McLaughlin Foreman
Jack McNaughton
Dandy Nichols
Noel Purcell Roker
George Rose
June Thorburn Arabella
Raf dela Torre
Cecil Trouncer Mr. Justice Stareleigh
John Vere
Alan Wheatley Mr. Fogg
Noel Willman
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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