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The Pickwick Papers Details


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. The Pickwick Papers 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 The Wizard of Oz. ~ 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
May Hallatt
Noel Willman
Pamela Deeming
Barry Mackay
as Mr. Snubbins
Linda Gray
Hattie Jacques
as Mrs. Nupkins
Helen Burls
Helen Goss
Jack McNaughton
Jessie Evans
Joan Benham
Joan Heal
as Isabel Wardle
John Vere
June Thorburn
as Arabella
George Rose
Felix Felton
John Kelly
Cecil Trouncer
as Mr. Justice Stareleigh
Alan Wheatley
as Mr. Fogg
Dandy Nichols
David Hannaford
Max Adrian
as Aide
Noel Purcell
as Roker
Gibb McLaughlin
as Foreman


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