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A Tale of Two Cities (1935) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and Jack Conway and produced by David O. Selznick.

Academy Awards 1936 --- Ceremony Number 9 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Film EditingConrad A. NervigNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 23, 2017 From 4 Star Films

It’s no surprise that this adaptation begins with that oft-repeated?bit of poetic parallelism. “It was the best of times it was the worst of times” etc. Of course, in its abridged format the opening suggests the universal quality of those iconic words. It was a period very much lik... Read full article


A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 23, 2017 From 4 Star Films

It’s no surprise that this adaptation begins with that oft-repeated?bit of poetic parallelism. “It was the best of times it was the worst of times” etc. Of course, in its abridged format the opening suggests the universal quality of those iconic words. It was a period very much lik... Read full article


A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1980)

By Dan Day Jr. on Apr 22, 2016 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

One would assume that after the huge success of STAR WARS, Peter Cushing might have gotten the opportunity to work on any number of enticing projects. But that simply wasn't so. Most of the films Cushing worked on after STAR WARS and before his mid-1980s retirement are either almost impossible to fi... Read full article


A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

By Beatrice on May 4, 2013 From Flickers in Time

A Tale of Two Cities Directed by Jack Conway 1935/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing This is a fairly faithful adaptation of the Dickens novel. ?The evil Marquis St. Evremonde (Basil Rathbone) denounced Dr. Manette and had him imprisoned without trial in the Bastille for 18 years. ?Manette i... Read full article


A Tale of Two Cities (Ralph Thomas, 1958)

By Judy on Dec 18, 2012 From Movie Classics

Dirk Bogarde as Sydney Carton In the UK, the 1958 Rank Organisation adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, starring??Dirk Bogarde, is probably better-remembered than the 1935 MGM version. The 1950s film is the one that’s widely available here (there’s even a special edition DVD), whereas th... Read full article


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Quotes from

Barsad: Don't citizen, don't.
Lackey #1: Why?
Barsad: He's going to pay the forfeit. In just a few minutes, it'll be paid. Let him be at peace.


[Madame DeFarge has come looking for Lucie and the child. Miss Pross bars her way out]
Miss Pross: Oh no you don't!
Madame De Farge: Let me pass.
Miss Pross: Never! I know what you want. I know what you're after. And thank heaven I'm put here to stop you - for stop you I will!
Madame De Farge: In the name of the Republic...
Miss Pross: In the name of no one, you evil woman. You've killed many innocent people. No doubt you'll kill many more; but my ladybird you shall never touch.
Madame De Farge: No? Do you know who I am?
Miss Pross: You might - from your appearance - be the wife of Lucifer; yet you shall not get the better of me. I'm an Englishwoman! I'm your match!
Madame De Farge: Pig, get out of my way or I'll break you in pieces.
Miss Pross: Break away, then. I don't care an English tuppence for myself; but I know that the longer I keep you here... the greater hope there is for my ladybird. [they fight]


Sydney Carton: My poor child. It isn't understanding we need now. It's courage.
Seamstress: You're going to die in his place. Why?
Sydney Carton: He is my friend.
Seamstress: You're so brave... When we go to the guillotine, will you let me hold your hand? That might give me courage, too.
Sydney Carton: Yes. I'll hold it to the last.
Seamstress: To the last.


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Actor Ronald Colman agreed to play the role of Sydney Carton with the sole condition that he not also be required to play the role of Charles Darnay, as was usually expected in adaptations of the Dickens novel. The plot of 'A Tale of Two Cities' turns on the physical resemblance between the two characters. Colman had long wanted to play Sidney Carton, and was even willing to shave off his beloved mustache to play the part.
This marked the last time that Ronald Colman agreed to shave his trademark mustache for a film.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onMarch 18, 1946 with Ronald Colman reprising his film role.
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