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      The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

      1947 1h 48m Drama List
      Reviews 58% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Nicholas Nickleby (Derek Bond) must try to support his family now that his father has died. He lands a job working at a school, but doesn't get along with Wackford Squeers (Alfred Drayton), the brutal headmaster he works under. Nicholas eventually flees from the school and reunites with his mother (Mary Merrall) and sister, Kate (Sally Ann Howes). Unfortunately, Nicholas learns that his callous uncle, Ralph (Cedric Hardwicke), has mistreated Kate and his mother, and he must defend their honor. Read More Read Less

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      Joanne Laurier World Socialist Web Site Cavalcanti's adaptation is elegant, atmospheric and successfully captures the author's skewering of corrupt, inhuman social types and the society that breeds them. Feb 22, 2021 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Director and adaptor have only partially succeeded in the conjurer's task of getting a quart into a pint pot; and Dickens has proved too generous a creator to be squeezed into 108 minutes of screen time. Feb 6, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Solid though a bit rushed version. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/24 Full Review mike v Released in 1947, this was the first sound screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel. Although fast paced, it contains all the main characters. With solid performances and combining both humour and drama, this is an enjoyable b&w movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Set in nineteenth century England, when Nicholas Nickleby's father dies he leaves his family in the hands of his evil and greedy moneylender brother. Soon enough, upon realising the man's ways, Nicholas begins to rebel against him. Cavalcanti's adaptation of the Dickens novel is perhaps not as adventurous as it should be, given the unholy task of fitting the episodic tale in less than two hours, but apart from a strong first part the film can also be admired for the great work by the cast, most noticeably Hardwicke as the villaneous moneylender. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A solid, though not exceptional, Dickens adaptation. Tips a bit too far into the melodramatic at times. Character actor Bernard Miles who participated in some of the most excessive melodrama also holds the proceedings together in his sly and engaging supporting role around which the stars wheel. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Nice Dickens adaptation with the supporting actors injecting a lot of character into their roles and quite rightly so. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good film of Nicholas Nickleby. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Nicholas Nickleby (Derek Bond) must try to support his family now that his father has died. He lands a job working at a school, but doesn't get along with Wackford Squeers (Alfred Drayton), the brutal headmaster he works under. Nicholas eventually flees from the school and reunites with his mother (Mary Merrall) and sister, Kate (Sally Ann Howes). Unfortunately, Nicholas learns that his callous uncle, Ralph (Cedric Hardwicke), has mistreated Kate and his mother, and he must defend their honor.
      Director
      Alberto Cavalcanti
      Producer
      Michael Balcon
      Screenwriter
      John Dighton
      Production Co
      Ealing Studios
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 25, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 48m
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