Director: Jack Conway
Starring: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan
Following the success of MGM’s production of David Copperfield, directed by George Cukor, Hollywood’s most lavish studio of the time would release yet second feature for 1935 based on yet another masterpiece by the English author Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities allows once again for MGM the chance to produce a period piece, which the studio seemed to love to make, and did better than most other studios with thanks to their far deeper pockets and literal armies of artists and decorators. In this adaptation of a Dickens classic we receive a fine production filled with good depth of emotion sharing the sorrow of want, jealousy, loneliness, and sacrifice. It makes for a well artistically assembled film directed by Jack Conway with beautiful acting, art direction, and cinematography, most of all leaving you with a sense of sadness that the original literary work contained instead of the polished and positive Hollywood endings many times slapped on my Hollywood during the era.