A Tale of Two Cities (1917)

Drama | 12 March 1917

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HISTORY

Charles Dickens' novel first appeared in All the Year round from 30 Apr to 26 Nov 1859. This film was re-issued on 4 Feb 1920. Modern sources add Margaret Dumont to the cast. Among the many screen adaptations of Dickens' novel are the 1935 M-G-M production, starring Ronald Colman and directed by Jack Conway (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ) and the 1958 British production, starring Dirk Bogarde and directed by Ralph ... More Less

Charles Dickens' novel first appeared in All the Year round from 30 Apr to 26 Nov 1859. This film was re-issued on 4 Feb 1920. Modern sources add Margaret Dumont to the cast. Among the many screen adaptations of Dickens' novel are the 1935 M-G-M production, starring Ronald Colman and directed by Jack Conway (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ) and the 1958 British production, starring Dirk Bogarde and directed by Ralph Thomas. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Mar 17
p. 1108.
Motog
24 Mar 17
p. 640.
MPN
31 Mar 17
p. 2031.
MPN
3 Mar 17
p. 1424.
MPW
31 Mar 17
p. 2118, 2162
MPW
14 Feb 20
pp. 1010-11.
NYDM
24 Mar 17
p. 26.
Variety
16 Mar 17
p. 34.
Wid's
15 Mar 17
p. 164.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 March 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
11 March 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10375
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Charles Darnay and Sidney Carton are both in love with Lucia Manette, the beautiful daughter of Dr. Manette, who had been imprisoned in France for ten years and is now a fugitive in England. Darnay, a former French aristocrat who had renounced his title and left for England, is saved from a spy's death by Sydney Carton, to whom he bears a striking resemblance. Darnay wins Lucia while Carton worships her from afar. When the French revolution begins, Darnay returns to France where he is imprisoned and sentenced to death. By subterfuge, Carton smuggles Darnay out of prison, taking his place at the guillotine so that Darnay can return to the woman Carton ... +


Charles Darnay and Sidney Carton are both in love with Lucia Manette, the beautiful daughter of Dr. Manette, who had been imprisoned in France for ten years and is now a fugitive in England. Darnay, a former French aristocrat who had renounced his title and left for England, is saved from a spy's death by Sydney Carton, to whom he bears a striking resemblance. Darnay wins Lucia while Carton worships her from afar. When the French revolution begins, Darnay returns to France where he is imprisoned and sentenced to death. By subterfuge, Carton smuggles Darnay out of prison, taking his place at the guillotine so that Darnay can return to the woman Carton loved. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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