The Pickwick Papers (1952 film)
|The Pickwick Papers|
Original British 1952 quad film poster
|Directed by||Noel Langley|
|Produced by||George Minter|
|Screenplay by||Noel Langley|
|Based on||The Pickwick Papers|
by Charles Dickens
|Music by||Antony Hopkins|
|Edited by||Anne V. Coates|
|Distributed by||Renown Picture Corp. (UK)|
The film premiered at the Gaumont Cinema at Haymarket in London on 14 November 1952. In 1954, the Soviet Union paid £10,000 for the distribution rights, and it became the first British film to be shown in the Soviet Union after World War II, premiering on 29 July 1954 in a number of cities with a dubbed soundtrack. The film was followed a month later by a Russian reprint of Dickens's book, in 150,000 copies.
- James Hayter as Samuel Pickwick
- James Donald as Nathaniel Winkle
- Nigel Patrick as Alfred Jingle
- Joyce Grenfell as Mrs. Leo Hunter
- Hermione Gingold as Miss Tompkins
- Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Bardell
- Donald Wolfit as Sergeant Buzfuz
- Harry Fowler as Sam Weller
- Kathleen Harrison as Rachel Wardle
- Alexander Gauge as Tracy Tupman
- Lionel Murton as Augustus Snodgrass
- Diane Hart as Emily Wardle
- Joan Heal as Isabella Wardle
- William Hartnell as Irate Cabman
- Athene Seyler as Miss Witherfield
- Walter Fitzgerald as Mr. Wardle
- Mary Merrall as Grandma Wardle
- Cecil Trouncer as Mr. Justice Stareleigh
- Felix Felton as Dr. Slammer
- Hattie Jacques as Mrs Nutkins
- Sam Costa as Job Trotter
- Noel Purcell as Roker
- Raymond Lovell as Aide
- George Robey as Tony Weller
- Max Adrian as Aide
- Alan Wheatley as Fogg
- D. A. Clarke-Smith as Dodson
- Jack MacNaughton as Mr. Nupkins
- David Hannaford as Boy
- Gerald Campion as Joe, the Fat Boy
- June Thorburn as Arabella Allen
- Barry MacKay as Mr. Snubbins
Awards and nominations
- James Hayter was nominated for the BAFTA Best British Actor award in 1953 for his portrayal of Samuel Pickwick.
- The Pickwick Papers was awarded a Golden Bear in the Soviet Union in 1954
- In 1956, Beatrice Dawson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White for the film's costumes.
Leonard Maltin gave the film three out of four stars, calling it a "Flavorful adaptation of Dickens' classic"; and TV Guide rated it three out of five stars, writing, "If ever a Dickens novel shouted to be filmed, it was The Pickwick Papers, and a jolly good job was done with this version...It's a very funny film with some of England's best light comedians and comediennes."
In 2012, a digitally restored and colourised version of the film was released on DVD, causing a renewed debate in the UK about colourisation of old black-and-white classics.
- BFI: The Pickwick Papers Linked 2013-12-06
- BBFC: The Pickwick Papers (1952) Linked 2013-12-06
- The Times, 13 November 1952, page 2, film review – "Dickens on Screen": "The Pickwick Papers goes into the programme at the Gaumont Cinema to-morrow." – Found in The Times Digital Archive 2013-12-06
- The Times, 30 July 1954, page 11: Dickens Film In Russia – Found in The Times Digital Archive 2013-12-06
- The Times, 14 August 1954, page 3, Telegrams in Brief: A new edition of 150,000 copies of 'Pickwick Papers' has been published in Russia, Moscow Radio reports. – Found in The Times Digital Archive 2013-12-06
- Harper, Sue & Porter, Vincent. British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference, page 163, Oxford University Press, 2007
- "Pickwick Papers, The (1954) - Overview - TCM.com".
- "The Pickwick Papers".
- MovieMail, 15 November 2012: The Colourisation Debate – Not All Black and White Linked 2013-12-06
- Harper, Sue & Porter, Vincent. British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press, 2007.