DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935) B/W 133m dir: George Cukor

w/W.C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton, Madge Evans, Edna May Oliver, Lewis Stone, Freddie Bartholomew, Elizabeth Allan, Roland Young

From The Movie Guide: "Directed with restraint and impeccable taste by Cukor, produced by [David O.] Selznick, DAVID COPPERFIELD is diverse and satisfying intellectually and emotionally, capturing the unparalleled beauty of [Charles] Dickens's melancholic truths about life's hardships and human survival. The entire cast perform admirably, but of course it is Fields's Micawber which has achieved immortality. Despite the absence of accent, it still appears he was born to play the role, and it's the only time the Great Man allowed any heart to seep through on screen. Dickens died in 1870 at the age of 58, leaving his final work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished, which didn't stop Universal from making it into a movie also released in 1935. Doubtless, he would have been thrilled with DAVID COPPERFIELD and bored with the latter."

Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Editing, and Assistant Director.