A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “The Old Curiosity Shop,” the film tells the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather who, in hopes of leaving Nell a sizable inheritance, has run up huge gambling debts to a heartless moneylender named Daniel Quilp. Quilp eventually seizes the old man’s junk shop, forcing Nell and her grandfather to eke out a miserable existence as paupers in the Midlands.
Director: Michael Tuchner.
Stars: Anthony Newley, David Hemmings, David Warner, Michael Hordern, Paul Rogers, Jill Bennett, Sarah-Jane Varley, Sarah Webb, Mona Washbourne, Yvonne Antrobus, Peter Duncan, Windsor Davies, Phil Davis, David Battley, Ronald Lacey.
Note: Finally here! This is the theatrical version of Mr. Quilp, the lovely musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, shown only on British TV over 3 decades ago and never again. A heavily edited version was released on the US on VHS under the title “The Old Curiosity Shop”. This version was never released anywhere on any format, that’s why it’s so hard to find, until now. Huge thanks to the very kind gentleman in the UK who sent me this copy. Enjoy guys!