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 date
  • 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.


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 (Betsey Trotwood), Justus D. Barnes (Ham Peggotty in part one), William Russell (Ham Peggotty in part two) and William Garwood.


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


  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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