A Tale of Two Cities (1911 film)

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A Tale of Two Cities
Newspaper advertisement.
Directed by William J. Humphrey
Produced by J. Stuart Blackton
Written by Charles Dickens (novel)
Eugene Mullin (scenario)
Distributed by General Film Company
Release dates
  • February 21, 1911 (1911-02-21) (reel 1)
  • February 24, 1911 (1911-02-24) (reel 2)
  • February 25, 1911 (1911-02-25) (reel 3)
Running time
30 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
(English intertitles)

A Tale of Two Cities (1911) is a silent film directed by William J. Humphrey, loosely based on the 1859 novel by Charles Dickens.

According to film historian Anthony Slide, this was a three-reel film, totalling 30 minutes, released in weekly one-reel segments. Talmadge played the small role of Mimi the Seamstress, who accompanies Sidney Carton to the guillotine, although in this version he ascends the scaffold before her, and her death is not actually depicted.[1][2] The movie was the film debut of Lydia Yeamans Titus.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Slide, Anthony (2002). Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. University Press of Kentucky. p. 374. ISBN 0-8131-2249-X. 
  2. ^ SilentEra entry
  3. ^ Michael Pointer and Anthony Slide, Charles Dickens on the Screen: The Film, Television, and Video Adaptations (Scarecrow Press, 1996), 27.

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