David Copperfield Overview:

David Copperfield (1935) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and produced by David O. Selznick.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Charles Dickens published in 1850.

Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Film EditingRobert J. KernNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
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Barkis: No sweethearts I believe?
David Copperfield as a child: What?
Barkis: No person courting?
David Copperfield as a child: Oh. No, no.
Barkis: Ahhh. Well, when you is talking to her private, perhaps you'd tell her that Barkis is willing.
David Copperfield as a child: That Barkis is willing. Is that all the message?
Barkis: Well, y... y... yes. Barkis is willing.
David Copperfield as a child: Very well, Mr Barkis. I'll tell her.


Mr. Micawber: [to young Copperfield] Boy, as I have frequently had occasion to observe, "When the stomach is empty, the spirits are low."


Mrs. Clara Copperfield: What have you got against Mr Murdstone?
Nurse Peggotty: [unimpressed at the meer mention of his name] Huh!
Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Is it to be hinted at that I am lacking in affection for my precious treasure? The dearest little fellow that ever was!
Nurse Peggotty: Nobody ever went an hinted no such thing.
Mrs. Clara Copperfield: Am I a naughty mama to you, Davy? Am I a nasty and selfish bad mama? I don't love you at all do I
David Copperfield as a child: [tearful] Yes you do...
Nurse Peggotty: [the tearful three embrace] I never meant to hurt you, m'am. I never meant to.


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David Niven tested for the role of David the adult.
The book by Charles Dickens was published under the title "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery" (which he never meant to be published on any account).
In response to the widespread criticism of his having played Micawber with a strong American accent W.C. Fields responded, "My father was an Englishman and I inherited this accent from him! Are you trying to go against nature?!".
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