WriterCharles Dickens, Gladys Unger Release dateOctober 22, 1934 (1934-10-22) (United States) CastHenry Hull (Abel Magwitch), Phillips Holmes (Pip), Jane Wyatt (Estella), Florence Reed (Miss Havisham), Alan Hale (Joe Gargery) Similar moviesGreat Expectations, Oliver Twist, Survivor, Slumdog Millionaire, Salt, Annie
Great Expectations is a 1934 adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. Filmed with mostly American actors, it was the first sound version of the novel and was produced in Hollywood by Universal Studios and directed by Stuart Walker. It stars Phillips Holmes as Pip, Jane Wyatt as Estella and Florence Reed as Miss Havisham.
Critics consider this 1934 version far inferior to the classic 1946 version, made in England and directed by David Lean. A notable link between the two movies is that Francis L. Sullivan played the role of Jaggers in both.
This film differs somewhat from the novel in making Miss Havisham more eccentric than insane. Unlike the novel, she does not wear her bridal veil constantly, does not seem to have really engineered all of Pip's misfortunes with Estella, and dies offscreen of natural causes rather than in a fire.
Great expectations 1946
Henry Hull as Abel Magwitch
Phillips Holmes as Pip
Jane Wyatt as Estella
Florence Reed as Miss Havisham
Alan Hale as Joe Gargery
Rafaela Ottiano as Mrs. Joe
George Barraud as Compeyson
Francis L. Sullivan as Jaggers
Douglas Wood as Wopsle
Forrester Harvey as Uncle Pumblechook
George P. Breakston as Pip, as a Child (billed as Georgie Breakston)
Harry Cording as Orlick
Eily Malyon as Sarah Pocket (billed as Eily Malyan)