Mystery of Edwin Drood

1935

Drama / Horror / Mystery

91
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 448

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David Manners as Edwin Drood
Heather Angel as Rosa Bud
Walter Brennan as First Gossip
Will Geer as Village Lamplighter
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23.976 fps
87 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10 / 10

It starts off VERY slow....stick with this one.

If you watch this film, FORCE YOURSELF NOT TO TURN IT OFF! Several times in the first few minutes I'd contemplated turning it off, as the film definitely started very slowly and felt a bit stilted. Fortunately, it improved--and the final half hour was terrific. Stick with this one. The film begins with Mr. Jasper (Claude Rains) hanging out in an opium den! Yet, when he leaves, he assumes a very respectable veneer and few would suspect that he's a major screwball. No, to outward appearances, he's a respectable gentleman and the last anyone would suspect of wickedness-- few, other than his niece, that is. She thinks he's a creepy man who is casting lustful glances her way. And, she's right--he wants her and in the worst way. However, Rosa Bud (yes, that is the character's name!) is engaged to marry Japser's nephew--Edwin Drood. And when Drood disappears and Jasper begins telling everyone his nephew is dead, suspicion falls on an innocent man, Landless (Douglass Montgomery). As the innocent man sees that the deck is stacked against him, he disappears and only comes back later in disguise--in order to investigate the crime himself. See the film to see what happens next. It seems that Charles Dickens died before he finished this, his final story. But, as people loved Dickens, it's not surprising several film studios decided to finish his story and make the film. In this case, it's never really in doubt that Rains was the killer--but in the book this was not the case. In fact, there's good evidence to suggest that Dickens had intended for Drood to return--alive and in one piece! But, even if this isn't Dickens' vision, the folks at Universal did weave a good story--and the best was the latter portion that Dickens did NOT put on paper. Well done all around--with a particularly noteworthy performance by Montgomery--who, oddly, did much better in his alter-ego than when he was playing a normal character! A few things to look for in the film include: the ridiculously melodious voice coming out of Rains when he sang which obviously is NOT his, Will Geer in a tiny role as a lamplighter 53 minutes into the movie and the lovely sets which were recycled from the latest Frankenstein movie!! Well worth seeing.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10 / 10

Very good, as an adaptation and on its own

Claude Rains, a consistently great actor, is reason enough to see any film. And Mystery of Edwin Drood is very good, it does a noble job adapting an unfinished book and works very well on its own. It does have pacing issues and the ending is far too melodramatic. The stylised Gothic sets though are very striking and the film is filmed most handsomely and further advantaged by generous direction from Stuart Walker. The atmosphere evoked really does give off a sense of unease. The dialogue is easy to follow and is written, while the story is tense and suspenseful. The film is short for a Dickens adaptation, but the mystery is always involving and respects the book, well with what they had to work with, rather than disembowelling it. The characters are believable, especially the tortured and creepy John Jasper. Claude Rains may have given better performances, but he is still exceptional, and from Rains you wouldn't expect any less. In fact all the cast acquits themselves well, particularly Douglass Montgommery and Heather Angel. David Manners doesn't have as much to do but is also good. To conclude, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 7 / 10 / 10

A brilliant screenplay!

Director: STUART WALKER. Screenplay: John L. Balderston and Gladys Unger. Adaptation: Leopold Atlas, Bradley King. Based on the unfinished 1870 novel by Charles Dickens. Photography: George Robinson. Film editor: Edward Curtiss. Music composed by Edward Ward and Clifford Vaughan, orchestrated by Clifford Vaughan. Art director: Albert S. D'Agostino. Special effects: John P. Fulton. Technical advisor: Hilda Grenier. Assistant directors: Phil Karlson, Harry Mancke. Associate producer: Edmund Grainger. Copyright 5 February 1935 by Universal Pictures Corp. Presented by Carl Laemmle. New York opening at the Rialto: 20 March 1935. 9 reels. 85 minutes. SYNOPSIS: Rains is a cathedral choirmaster and opium addict who falls in love with Angel, the fiancee of his nephew, Manners. During a raging storm on Christmas Eve he strangles Manners and dumps his body in a quicklime pit in the crypt under the cathedral. He then tries to pin the murder on Montgomery, just back from Ceylon. COMMENT: A brilliant screenplay by John L. Balderston and Gladys Unger from a fine adaptation by Leopold Atlas and Bradley King, which not only preserves the dialogue and flavor of Charles Dickens' unfinished novel, but provides it with a most satisfactory and satisfying conclusion, more than makes up for some very incompetent acting and Stuart Walker's rather stagey direction. George Robinson's photography is less brilliant than usual, but there are some magnificent sets by art director Albert S. D'Agostino.

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