Bartleby (1972 film)

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Directed by Anthony Friedman
Produced by Rodney Carr-Smith
Screenplay by Rodney Carr-Smith
Anthony Friedman
Based on "Bartleby, the Scrivener; A Story of Wall-street" by Herman Melville
Starring Paul Scofield
John McEnery
Thorley Walters
Music by Roger Webb
Cinematography Ian Wilson
Edited by John S. Smith[disambiguation needed]
Pantheon Film Productions
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation
Running time
78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Bartleby is a 1972 British drama film directed by Anthony Friedman and starring Paul Scofield, John McEnery and Thorley Walters.[1] It is an adaptation of the short story Bartleby, the Scrivener; A Story of Wall-street by Herman Melville. The film relocates the narrative from New York in the 1850s to London in the 1970s.[2]


Bartleby, a young audit clerk, is defeated by the pressures of modern life; he gradually opts out of all forms of social engagement and withdraws into his own world.


  • Paul Scofield - The Accountant
  • John McEnery - Bartleby
  • Thorley Walters - The Colleague
  • Colin Jeavons - Tucker
  • Raymond Mason - Landlord
  • Charles Kinross - Tenant
  • Neville Barber - First Client
  • Robin Askwith - Office Boy
  • Hope Jackman - Hilda - Tealady
  • John Watson - Doctor
  • Christine Dingle - Patient
  • Rosalind Elliot - Miss Brown - Secretary
  • Tony Parkin - Dickinson - Clerk

Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote "the film is brooding, slow, and annoying at times, but the vision of McEnery as Bartleby is not easily forgotten. a supremely intelligent portrayal of a man caught between logic and emotion." [3]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | BARTLEBY (1971)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  2. ^ Greenspun, Roger (1972-02-07). "Movie Review - Bartleby - Melville's 'Bartleby' Transformed for the Screen". Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Bartleby Review". Retrieved 2014-04-14. 

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