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 Thomas. ...

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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.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Mar 1917
p. 1108
Motog
24 Mar 1917
p. 640
MPN
31 Mar 1917
p. 2031
MPN
3 Mar 1917
p. 1424
MPW
31 Mar 1917
p. 2118, 2162
MPW
14 Feb 1920
pp. 1010-11
NYDM
24 Mar 1917
p. 26
Variety
16 Mar 1917
p. 34
Wid's
15 Mar 1917
p. 164
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 March 1917
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
William Fox
11 March 1917
LP10375
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 ...

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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
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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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