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The Pickwick Papers (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 5 May 1954 (USA)
The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director:

Noel Langley

Writers:

Charles Dickens (by), Noel Langley (adapted for the screen by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Hayter ... Samuel Pickwick
James Donald ... Nathaniel Winkle
Nigel Patrick ... Mr. Jingle
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Leo Hunter
Hermione Gingold ... Miss Tompkins
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Bardell
Donald Wolfit ... Sergeant Buzfuz
Harry Fowler ... Sam Weller
Kathleen Harrison ... Rachel Wardle
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... Tracy Tupman
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Augustus Snodgrass
Diane Hart ... Emily Wardle
Joan Heal Joan Heal ... Isabella Wardle
William Hartnell ... Irate Cabman
Athene Seyler ... Miss Witherfield
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Storyline

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law. Written by Snow Leopard

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Charles Dickens' Joyful Masterpiece See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Pickwick See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was released in England in 1952 and opened in New York in 1954, it was not nominated for Oscars until 1956, due to its not having played in Los Angeles until then. See more »

Quotes

[Pickwick is angry at Mrs. Bardell's lawyers over her breach-of-promise suit, and they are goading him]
Dodson: Perhaps you'd like to call us swindlers, sir. Pray do so if you feel disposed, ah pray do, sir.
Samuel Pickwick: I do. You ARE swindlers.
Dodson: Very good. You'd better call us thieves, sir. Perhaps you'd like to assault one of us.
Fogg: Pray do so, if you would. We would make not the slightest resistance.
Sam Weller: [realizes what's happening and steps in to save Mr. Pickwick] You just come away, sir. Battledore and shuttlecock's a *...
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Closing credits finish with The End of The Pickwick Papers See more »

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Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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Enjoyable - some excellent performances
26 July 2018 | by DowntonR1See all my reviews

Having never read the book - I can say I enjoyed this film adaptation- aside from the odd bit of knockabout humour, which was not to my taste. James Hayter was made for the title role, but nearly has his thunder stolen by Harry Fowler as Sam Weller and Nigel Patrick as Alfred Jingle. Despite the scrapes Pickwick gets into the film often has a heartwarming tone. My final observation is the debtors prison- something from Dickens life - as his father spent time in one.


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