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John Hayter is Samuel Pickwick is this delightful filmization of Dickens' seriocomic novel. Mr. Pickwick is chairman of the Pickwick club, a scholarly league operating in mid-19th century London. The club's avowed purpose is to scrupulously study everyday life in England-not to improve or remonstrate, but simply examine, as a scientist would examine life under the microscope. The episodic storyline transports the Pickwicks all over town, from the fashionable digs of ever-in-debt roue Mr. Jingle (Nigel Patrick) to debtor's prison. The Candide-like Mr. Pickwick survives his many experiences (including a duel and breach of promise suit) with the invulnerability of innocence. Nigel Patrick was produced, directed and adapted by Noel Langley, a brilliant, hard-drinking wit who once upon a time had labored on the screenplay of Hollywood's Noel Langley ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 5, 1954


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Beatrice Dawson Best Black and White Costume Design 1955 Nominee


James Hayter
as Samuel Pickwick
James Donald
as Mr. Winkle
Alexander Gauge
as Mr. Tupman
Nigel Patrick
as Mr. Jingle
Lionel Murton
as Mr. Snodgrass
Kathleen Harrison
as Rachael Wardle
Joyce Grenfell
as Mrs. Leo Hunter
Donald Wolfit
as Sgt. Buzfuz
Hermione Gingold
as Miss Tomkins
Hermione Baddeley
as Mrs. Bardell
William Hartnell
as Irate Cabman
Sam Costa
as Job Trotter
George Robey
as Tony Weller
Gerald Campion
as Fat Boy
Walter Fitzgerald
as Mr. Wardle
Mary Merrall
as Grandma Wardle
Jessie Evans
David Hannaford
John Kelly
George Rose
Hattie Jacques
as Mrs. Nupkins
Alan Wheatley
as Mr. Fogg
Dandy Nichols
Cecil Trouncer
as Mr. Justice Stareleigh
Pamela Deeming
Helen Goss
Max Adrian
as Aide
Linda Gray
Gibb McLaughlin
as Foreman
May Hallatt
Helen Burls
Joan Heal
as Isabel Wardle
Barry Mackay
as Mr. Snubbins
June Thorburn
as Arabella
Noel Purcell
as Roker
Felix Felton
Noel Willman
John Vere
Joan Benham
Jack McNaughton


Noel Langley
Noel Langley
George Minter
Noel Langley
Charles Dickens
Book Author
Wilkie Cooper
Anne V. Coates
Fred Pusey
Art Director
Beatrice Dawson
Costume Designer
Harold Fletcher