This early silent version of the Charles Dickens novel, produced by Cecil Hepworth, was the first-ever full-length feature shot in England. The director, Thomas Bentley, was a known Dickens expert. While an impressive endeavor for its day, it really only has the bare bones of the story (though MGM's 1934 talkie was three-quarters of an hour longer and still couldn't fit the whole book!) In brief scenes, we follow the life of David Copperfield -- his mistreatment at the hands of his stepfather Murdstone, his escape to his Aunt Betsey's, his apprenticeship under Mr. Wickfield, and his slow-to-begin romance with Wickfield's daughter Agnes. It's obvious that many of the actors (none of whom are credited, but which include Kenneth Ware and Dora Spenlow) performed in the stage version of David Copperfield -- they happily gesticulate and expound long monologues (which, of course, can't be heard) in quite a theatrical manner. Still, a lot of the Dickens charm is there, especially because the backgrounds are real English scenery and not the backlot of some Hollywood or New Jersey studio. That alone gives this 85-minute silent quite a bit of value.