This is the sixth attempt to bring the Charles Dickens novel to the screen (previously filmed in 1911, 1917, 1922, 1925, 1935). It's the long-told story of a frivolous young lawyer who spends most of his time drinking. But he meets the woman of his dreams, and, eventually, awakened to
responsibility in aiding victims of the French Revolution, gives his life for her in the ultimate sacrifice. Christopher Lee, who would go on to countless other roles as a heartless villain, is excellent as the amoral Marquis St. Evremonde. Of interest to those who yearn for historical--and
literary--accuracy in films is the fact that this version of the classic was the first to be pr...