If ever a Dickens novel shouted to be filmed, it was The Pickwick Papers
, and a jolly good job was done with this version. The Pickwick club is a group of middle-class, middle-aged men chaired by Samuel Pickwick (James Hayter). Their sole mission in life is to study English life, and to
that end they set out on a series of episodic adventures more strictly humorous than found in other Dickens novels or film adaptations. They meet Mr. Jingle (Nigel Patrick), a very cavalier Casanova who gets them into several hassles--including a duel, a hilariously funny fancy dress breakfast, a
breach of promise suit brought against Pickwick, and a sojourn in debtor's priso...