David Copperfield (1911 film)

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David Copperfield
Directed by George O. Nichols
Based on David Copperfield 
by Charles Dickens
Distributed by Thanhouser Film Corporation
Release dates
  • October 17, 1911 (1911-10-17)
Running time 3 reels
Country United States
Language English

David Copperfield is a 1911 American silent short drama film based on the 1850 novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. It is the oldest known film adaptation of the novel.

Overview[edit]

The film was made by the Thanhouser Film Corporation, an independent company located in New Rochelle, New York founded by Edwin Thanhouser.[1] The film has been credited to Theodore Marston,[2] but recent research points to George O. Nichols as director.[3]

David Copperfield consists of three reels and as three separate films, released in three consecutive weeks, with three different titles: The Early Life of David Copperfield, Little Em'ly and David Copperfield and The Loves of David Copperfield.[4]

The cast included Flora Foster (David Copperfield as a boy), Ed Genung (David Copperfield as a Man), Marie Eline (Em'ly as a Child), Florence La Badie (Em'ly as a Woman), Mignon Anderson (Dora Spenlow), Viola Alberti (Aunt Betsey Trotwood), Justus D. Barnes (Ham Peggotty in part one), William Russell (Ham Peggotty in part two) and William Garwood.

Status[edit]

A print of the film still exists and is currently in the public domain.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thanhouser Film Corporation on the British Film Institute website
  2. ^ David Copperfield on the British Film Institute website
  3. ^ Pointer, Michael (1996). Charles Dickens On The Screen: The Film, Television, and Video Adaptations. Scarecrow Press. p. 121. ISBN 0-810-82960-6. 
  4. ^ a b David Copperfield (1911) at silentera.com

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