Great Expectations (December 26, 1946)

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John Mills in Great Expectations
 

Released on December 26, 1946: Charles Dickens' classic tale of a monster criminal and an eccentric old maid, and the orphan boy who got tangled with the affairs of both.

Produced by Ronald Neame

Directed by David Lean

The Actors: John Mills (Pip), Tony Wagner (young Pip), Valerie Hobson (Estella), Jean Simmons (Young Estella), Bernard Miles (Joe Gargery), Francis L. Sullivan (Mr. Jaggers), Finlay Currie (Abel Magwitch), Martita Hunt (Miss Havisham), Alec Guinness (Herbert Pocket), Ivor Barnard (Mr. Wemmick), Freda Jackson (Mrs. Joe Gargery), Eileen Erskine (Biddy), George Hayes (convict), Hay Petrie (Uncle Pumblechook), John Forrest (the pale young gentleman), Torin Thatcher (Bentley Drummile), O.B. Clarence (the aged patient), John Burch (Mr. Wopsle), Richard George (the Sergeant), Grace Denbigh Russell (Mrs. Wopsle), Everley Gregg (Sarah Pocket), Anne Holland (relation), Frank Atkinson (Mike), Gordon Begg (the night porter), Edie Martin (Mrs. Whimple), Walford Hyden (the dancing master), Roy Arthur (Galley Steersman), Howar Lang (man sitting next to Pip at Magwitches trial), Ernie Pratt (Police officer in the boat)

 

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The Monster Criminal and the Witchy Women

If you ask anyone in the world what the great Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations is about, you will be told that it is about a poor young orphan who becomes a 'Gentleman' because of wealthy donations from an unknown benefactor. I just finished watching the movie and I must disagree with the rest of the world . . . Go figure . . .

The way I see it, the story of a young orphan who grows to become a Gentleman is not what this story is about at all . . . He is merely the glue that brings together two amazing stories about very strange and fearful people.

The first story is about a mean, ugly, monstrous escaped prisoner who finds the little orphan boy in the dark and stormy cemetery in the dead of night. The monstrous madman threatens tear the lad's heart out of his chest and eat his liver if the little boy refuses to bring him food and drink to help him escape. The strange story of the criminal monster is the first story that will entangle orphan boy Pip, played by John Mills, and his friend Herbert, played by Alec Guinness.

After we meet the monstrous criminal on his way to the hangman's gallows, we morph to our second story . . . The incredible story of an old woman scorned on her wedding day, and her devious plot of revenge. Miss Havisham is a wealthy old gal who has never seen daylight since her wedding day many years ago. On her wedding day the tall wedding cake was delivered, the guests were arriving, and young Miss Havisham was positively glowing in her wedding gown . . . But her intended husband never showed up for the wedding, and from that day to this she became an eccentric man-hating recluse in the house and would never again leave the dark room that was to be her wedding ballroom.

Angry and eccentric Miss Havisham took in an orphan girl, and the strange old maid taught the young girl to despise men . . . She taught the young girl to tease men and deceive them and use them and abuse them as only a sadistic, manipulative, witchy woman could.

Sure, there is an orphan boy named Pip who becomes tangled with both stories, but for my money the stories that will grip your soul and twist your mind are the two stories of the monster criminal and the mad old maid . . . and both of these stories will come together in strange and awesome ways under the pen of the amazing author, Charles Dickens. Pop a really, really big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alec Guinness and John Mills
Alec Guinness and John Mills
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness and John Mills
Alec Guinness and John Mills
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Bernard Miles
Bernard Miles
Bernard Miles, Eileen Erskine and John Mills
Bernard Miles, Eileen Erskine and John Mills
Bernard Miles and John Mills
Bernard Miles and John Mills
Bernard Miles and Tony Wager
Bernard Miles and Tony Wager
Bernard Miles
Bernard Miles
Bernard Miles
Bernard Miles
Edie Martin
Edie Martin
Eileen Erskine and Bernard Miles
Eileen Erskine and Bernard Miles
Eileen Erskine
Eileen Erskine
Finlay Currie and Tony Wager
Finlay Currie and Tony Wager
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
Freda Jackson
Freda Jackson
Freda Jackson and Bernard Miles
Freda Jackson and Bernard Miles
Freda Jackson
Freda Jackson
George Hayes
George Hayes
Ivor Barnard and John Mills
Ivor Barnard and John Mills
Ivor Barnard and O.B. Clarence
Ivor Barnard and O.B. Clarence
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
John Mills
John Mills
John Mills and Alec Guinness
John Mills and Alec Guinness
John Mills and Finlay Currie
John Mills and Finlay Currie
John Mills and Finlay Currie
John Mills and Finlay Currie
John Mills and Francis L. Sullivan
John Mills and Francis L. Sullivan
John Mills
John Mills
John Mills
John Mills
John Mills
John Mills
Martita Hunt
Martita Hunt
Martita Hunt and Jean Simmons and Tony Wager
Martita Hunt and Jean Simmons and Tony Wager
Martita Hunt and Jean Simmons
Martita Hunt and Jean Simmons
Martita Hunt and John Mills
Martita Hunt and John Mills
Martita Hunt
Martita Hunt
Tony Wager
Tony Wager
Tony Wager and Bernard Miles
Tony Wager and Bernard Miles
Tony Wager
Tony Wager
Tony Wager
Tony Wager
Tony Wager
Tony Wager
Torin Thatcher
Torin Thatcher
Valerie Hobson
Valerie Hobson
Valerie Hobson
Valerie Hobson