Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

Jill Balcon
Director: Alberto Cavalcanti Cast: Jill Balcon
Jill Balcon
, Derek Bond
Derek Bond
, Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
Alberto Cavalcanti


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Though it pales in comparison to the Royal Shakespeare Company's epic staging of the original novel in the early 1980s, this compact adaptation of Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby is most entertaining on its own terms. Derek Bond plays the title character, a resourceful young Britisher forced to protect his family against the demonic machinations of his wicked Uncle Ralph (Cedric Hardwicke at his most odious). Cast out into the cold cruel world, Nicholas Nickleby deals adroitly with friend and foe alike, eventually coming full circle to mete out just desserts to his unspeakable uncle. With only 108 minutes' running time at his disposal, screenwriter John Dighton (later a mainstay of the Ealing Comedies) was forced to eliminate several of the novel's 52 highly distinctive characters and intricate subplots. There is evidence that there was even more cutting after the film was completed; for example, the tatty touring theatrical troupe managed by the delightfully pompous Vincent Crummles (Stanley Holloway) appears only in a series of abrupt vignettes, while Crummles himself is confined to a mere handful of lines and gestures. Still, many of Dickens' colorful characters are vividly realized, especially the unfortunate, mentally challenged Smike (Aubrey Woods). When released in America, Nicholas Nickleby was pared down to 95 minutes, with surprisingly little damage to the continuity.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827326020
Original Release: 1946
Source: Reel Vault
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 55,236

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jill Balcon Madeleine Bray
Derek Bond Nicholas Nickleby
Cedric Hardwicke Ralph Nickleby
Fay Compton Mme. Mantalini
Sally Ann Howes Kate Nickleby
Alfred Drayton Wackford Squeers
Sybil Thorndike Mrs. Squeers
Cyril Fletcher Alfred Mantalini
Mary Merrall Mrs. Nickleby
Stanley Holloway Vincent Crummles
Patricia Hayes Phoebe
James Hayter Ned/Charles Cheeryble
Vida Hope Fanny Squeers
Emrys Jones Frank Cheerbyle
Bernard Miles Newman Noggs
Vera Pearce Mrs. Crummles
George Relph Mr. Bray
Cecil Ramage Sir Mulberry Hawke
Athene Seyler Miss la Creevy
Michael Shepley Mr. Gregsnira
Aubrey Woods Smike
Timothy Bateson Lord Verisopht
Arthur Brander Mr. Snawley
Frederick Burtwell Mercury
John Chandos Employment Agent
June Elvin Miss Snevellicci
Lawrence Hanray Mr. Gride
Roddy Hughes Tim Linkinwater
Hattie Jacques Actor
Eliot Makeham Postman
Cathleen Nesbitt Miss Knagg
Dandy Nichols Mantalini's Employee
Guy Rolfe Actor
John Salew Mr. Lillyvick
Drusilla Wills Mrs. Grudden

Technical Credits
Alberto Cavalcanti Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Lionel Banes Special Effects
Berners Score Composer
John Dighton Screenwriter
Gordon Dines Cinematographer
Marion Horn Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Irving Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie Norman Editor
Michael Relph Art Director
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Ernest Taylor Makeup
Charles Dickens Source Author

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