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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 novel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, under which name it was also released.

Mister Quilp
"Mister Quilp" (1975).jpg
U.S. theatrical poster
Directed byMichael Tuchner
Produced byHelen M. Strauss
Written byIrene Kamp
Louis Kamp
Based onnovel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
StarringAnthony Newley
David Hemmings
Music byElmer Bernstein
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byJohn Jympson
Distributed byEMI Distribution (U.K.)
Avco Embassy Pictures (U.S.)
Release date
Running time
118 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom

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. In the VHS and Beta formats, it was released by Magnetic Video under the title The Old Curiosity Shop. There is no record of a DVD release.[3] Viewers in the UK have reported seeing it played on television in the 1980s but beyond the home video which was greatly edited, there appears to be no other way to see the film[4]

Critic Roger Ebert gave the film a mixed review not so much for the music or for Newley's performance, both of which he praised, but for the very idea of centering the film on the evil money-lender and failing to make the story compelling enough to hold interest.[5]

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  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.

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