The Old Curiosity Shop (1913)

Genres - Adventure, Children's/Family, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Countries - UK  |  
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A major undertaking in its day, this 6-reel version of Charles Dickens' teary tale of Little Nell (Mai Deacon, her grandfather (Warwick Buckland) and the Quilps (E. Felton and Alma Taylor) was produced by British silent screen pioneer Cecil M. Hepworth. Alma Taylor emerged as one of England's earliest genuine screen stars, a result of careful grooming by the astute Mr. Hepworth who would direct the typical British lass in several of her most popular vehicles. The director of The Old Curiosity Shop, however, was Dickens specialist Thomas Bentley, who remade it it in 1921 with Mabel Poulton as Little Nell and again in 1935, starring Elaine Benson.



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