The film was one of several "Family Classics" made into modern musical films by Reader's Digest[. Mr. Quilp was distributed by EMI Distribution (theatrical) in the United Kingdom, AVCO Embassy Pictures in the USA and on home Video it was released by Magnetic Video. There is no record of a DVD release. Viewers in the UK have reported seeing it played on television in the 1980s but beyond the home video which was greatly edited, there appears to be no other way to see the film
Critic Roger Ebert gave the film a mixed review not so much for the music or for Newley's performance, which he praised, but for the very idea of centering the film on the evil money-lender and failing to make the story compelling enough to hold interest.