The Pickwick Papers is a vast book with so many interesting cameos that it would be impossible to include everyone's favourite piece.Never the less this charming little film manages to please, seemingly without effort. James Hayter as Mr Pickwick is definitive (in my opinion) and his supporting band of loyal club members step off the page and onto the film set effortlessly. Mr Jingle, the lovable rouge, pushes his way to the front from the very start whilst the villainous representatives of the legal profession Dobson and Fogg have to be two of the most odious creations ever to grace fiction. Never the less they are sadly so recognizable even today.
The film chooses to concentrate on the trial of Mr Pickwick for 'Breach of Promise of Marriage 'as the main set piece and develops from this a slightly more dramatic theme as the plot moves into the Fleet Prison, but whilst the deprivation is conveyed well it is never over stated or allowed to slacken the pace for long.
One slight miss calculation has to be the casting of Jingles Henchman 'Job Trotter' whom I've always conceived to be a rather bright if debauched young man, but here he is played as a slow lumbering character. In fact this actor is so out of character that I was forced to ponder whether he had shares in the making of the film. He strikes a jarring note, rather like a cracked bell in a carillon. However Job Trotter is a minor character so one can afford to be magnanimous.
A good little film ( black and white of course ) and a pleasant gentle entertainment. I think even those who have no professed interest in Dickens would be entertained.
This is the most charming filmed version made, has a roster of distinctive British character actors keeping interest throughout - James Hayter, Kathleen Harrison, Harry Fowler, Hattie Jacques, Joyce Grenfell, Athene Sayler, Hermione Gingold, Hermione Baddeley and many more . It really is a delight and will lift spirits with it's sense of wit, fun and subtle comedy. This IS the Pickwick Papers. Those with a sharp eye will also recognise particular London streets where location filming took place.
The perfect film to snuggle up with, curtains drawn, fire lit, crumpets toasted, tea in the pot.
Brilliant. Already had the B&W version but I prefer this. If you like Dickens Pickwick Papers book, this is a very good abbreviated film version with great characters taking the parts of Jingle and Pickwick.
Its great to see my favourite author and his wonderful stories brought to life in colour! This is a classic comedy/Real world tale told as only Dickens can! I have of course the black & white version, but as a collector of Dickens Classics I just had to have this one as well. If you have never watched any Dickens films ( you must be in the minority ) start with this one! Great viewing !