Mister Quilp

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Mister Quilp
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U.S. theatrical poster
Directed by Michael Tuchner
Written byIrene Kamp
Louis Kamp
Based onnovel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Produced byHelen M. Strauss
Starring Anthony Newley
David Hemmings
Cinematography Christopher Challis
Edited by John Jympson
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Distributed by EMI Distribution
Release date
20 November 1975
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Mister Quilp is a 1975 British musical film directed by Michael Tuchner and starring Anthony Newley, David Hemmings and Jill Bennett. [1] It is based on the 1841 novel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, under which name it was also released.


Main cast


The film was one of several "Family Classics" made into modern musical films by Reader's Digest. [2] Mr. Quilp was theatrically distributed by EMI Films in the United Kingdom and by Avco Embassy Pictures in the USA.

Home media

In the VHS and Beta formats, it was released by Magnetic Video under the title The Old Curiosity Shop, though this release was heavily edited down by roughly 30 minutes. [3] Viewers in the UK have reported seeing it played on television in the 1980s. [4] To date, the film has never been officially released on DVD.

Critical reception

Critic Roger Ebert gave the film a mixed review, praising the music and Newley's performance, but criticizing the decision to center the film around the titular evil money-lender and failing to make the story compelling enough to hold interest. [5]

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  1. BFI.org
  2. ]list of films produced by Reader's Digest US from IMDB accessed online 10 November 2013
  3. Mr. Quilp (1975) Company Credits from IMDB accessed online 10 November 2013
  4. Best version is Mr Quilp IMDB review of both Mr. Quilp and the home video release retitled as The Old Curiosity Shop but with cuts from the original film. Accessed online 10 November 2013
  5. MR. QUILP (1975) | Roger Ebert 25 November 1975 from Roger Ebert's official online archive of reviews, Accessed online 10 November 2013.