A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.
Alas, an aristocrat and a barrister on the same plateau. This is the story of a revolution, a revolution that occurred in France known as the Reign of Terror. The barrister, the town alcoholic and man of disrepute, is in love with a beautiful woman, who marries the aristocrat and bears a beautiful baby girl. The baby girl is infatuated with the barrister, and he her because of her mother. The ultimate sacrifice occurs and a man's soul goes forward.
This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Seattle Saturday 1 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Portland OR 21 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Minneapolis 17 July 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Baltimore 11 September 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 13 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 27 September 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 11 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Phoenix 24 October 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Chicago 26 October 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in San Antonio 25 November 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Los Angeles 29 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in Honolulu 3 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13); in San Francisco it was shown 8 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), but New York City television viewers didn't get their first look at it until Sunday 22 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
When Carton walks Lucie & Miss Pross home after midnight Christmas mass, there is "snow" covering Lucie's hat. When she turns in the doorway, her hat has none on it. See more »
[after the Marquis' coach runs over and kills a peasant child, he gets out of the coach and speaks to the onlookers]
Marquis St. Evremonde:
It's extraordinary to me that you people cannot take care of yourselves and your children. One or the other of you is forever in the way. How do you know what injury you might do to my horses?
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Faithful screen version of the classic Dickens tale...
A TALE OF TWO CITIES contains enough material for a four hour movie but amazingly David O. Selznick's production has managed to tell the epic tale in just a little over two hours. While there are many memorable characters, the ones that stay in the memory longest are Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton and the little seamstress (Isabel Jewell) who gets her courage from him before they go off to the guillotine and he utters those immortal words, "It's a far, far better thing I do..."
Edna May Oliver is just one of the pleasures among the supporting players. Donald Woods makes a handsome, if somewhat subdued, Charles Darnay and Blanche Yurka does an outstanding job as the bitter Madame Defarge. Basil Rathbone is excellent as the aristocratic Marquis St. Evremonde who is annoyed when his horse-driven carriage runs amok and kills a child, setting in motion the bitter Evremonde legacy of hate and mistrust among the French peasants.
The storming of the Bastille is awesome in its detail, as is all of the set decoration for interiors and exteriors which really captures the atmosphere of this turbulent time in history.
Probably Ronald Colman's finest hour--his world weary Sydney Carton becomes a highly sympathetic character by the time he is ready to assume another man's place. A memorable film.
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