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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

1935 1h 25m Mystery & Thriller List
63% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 17% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
In England, school choirmaster John Jasper (Claude Rains), a secret opium addict, develops a passion for Rosa Bud (Heather Angel), the fiancée of his nephew, Edwin Drood (David Manners). When the Landless twins -- the volatile Neville (Douglass Montgomery) and Helena (Valerie Hobson) -- arrive at the school from Ceylon, Neville takes an interest in Rosa as well. After John invites Edwin and Neville to dinner to reconcile them over Rosa, Edwin disappears, and John accuses Neville of foul play. Read More Read Less

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Andre Sennwald New York Times This Mystery of Edwin Drood, though it adds nothing of consequence to the great mystery, is good Dickens and a genuinely fine horror story in the bargain. Feb 4, 2021 Full Review Christopher Lloyd The Film Yap Dickens' final, unfinished novel was turned into a dark, brooding horror-adjacent film about an uncle who covets his nephew's fiance. Rated: 3.5 Mar 7, 2022 Full Review Peter Canavese Celluloid Dreams Charles Dickens' unfinished novel receives a somewhat mediocre, but fairly entertaining treatment in this Kino Lorber Studio Classics blu-ray highlighted by a strong central performance by Claude Rains. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 6, 2022 Full Review Lauren Humphries-Brooks Citizen Dame The Mystery of Edwin Drood is far from the best Dickens adaptation of the period, but it does give life to a story that has always been a little loose and truncated. Nov 18, 2021 Full Review Campbell Nairne Cinema Quarterly By partially divesting Edwin Drood of its caricatured characters, Universal pull it down to the level of a second-rate thriller. Feb 4, 2021 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine More Dickens, more Christmas carols emanating from snow-thatched cathedrals, while strange doings go on under the arches. Claude Rains works hard, but he's had better parts. Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D The clunky script is the killer. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/05/24 Full Review Audience Member A Charles Dickens movie i never heard of. A bit Gothic. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Starts out impressively then quickly becomes run-of-the-mill. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In England, school choirmaster John Jasper (Claude Rains), a secret opium addict, develops a passion for Rosa Bud (Heather Angel), the fiancée of his nephew, Edwin Drood (David Manners). When the Landless twins -- the volatile Neville (Douglass Montgomery) and Helena (Valerie Hobson) -- arrive at the school from Ceylon, Neville takes an interest in Rosa as well. After John invites Edwin and Neville to dinner to reconcile them over Rosa, Edwin disappears, and John accuses Neville of foul play.
Director
Stuart Walker
Producer
Edmund Grainger
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 16, 2014
Runtime
1h 25m