The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935 film)

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Mystery of Edwin Drood FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Stuart Walker
Produced by
Written by
Based on The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Starring Claude Rains
Douglass Montgomery
Heather Angel
David Manners
Music by Edward Ward
Cinematography George Robinson
Edited by Edward Curtiss
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • February 4, 1935 (1935-02-04)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a 1935 American mystery-drama film directed by Stuart Walker and starring Claude Rains in the role of the villainous John Jasper. It is the third film adaptation and first sound film version of Charles Dickens's unfinished novel of the same name. Filmed by Universal Pictures, it co-stars Douglass Montgomery and Valerie Hobson (the future Estella of David Lean's 1946 Great Expectations), and featured David Manners as Edwin Drood. Stuart Walker had previously directed a little-known 1934 film adaptation of Great Expectations. The film's script provides an ending to the original unfinished novel, solving the mystery of the fate of Edwin Drood.

Mystery of Edwin Drood marks Claude Rains' only appearance in a Charles Dickens film.


Douglass Montgomery, Claude Rains and David Manners in The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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