Approved | | Drama, Romance
9 year old 'Pip' Pirrip, an orphan living with relatives, aids and befriends an escaped convict on the moors, an act that will have a profound effect on his life.
Stuart Walker also directed Universal's other foray into Dickens, Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) Both were expensive failures and hastened the fall of the Laemmle regime at the studio. Ironically, MGM's two Dickens adaptations, "A Tale of Two Cities" and "David Copperfield" produced at the same time, were huge hits.
Abel Magwitch shall not die on the gallows, Mr. Pirrip.
In the end credits, Valerie Hobson, who played Estella as an adult in David Lean's 1946 version of "Great Expectations", is credited as having played Biddy, a rather prominent character, in this 1934 version, but Biddy never appears at all.
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