Directed with restraint and impeccable taste by Cukor, produced by Selznick, DAVID COPPERFIELD is diverse and satisfying intellectually and emotionally, capturing the unparalleled beauty of Dickens's melancholic truths about life's hardships and human survival. The entire cast perform
admirably, but of course it is Fields's Micawber which has achieved immortality. Despite the absence of accent, it still appears he was born to play the role, and it's the only time the Great Man allowed any heart to seep through on screen. Dickens died in 1870 at the age of 58, leaving his final
work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
, unfinished, which didn't stop Universal from mak...