A Tale of Two Cities
Cast & Crew
Charles Darnay and Sidney Carton are both in love with Lucia Manette, the beautiful daughter of Dr. Manette, who had been imprisoned in France for ten years and is now a fugitive in England. Darnay, a former French aristocrat who had renounced his title and left for England, is saved from a spy's death by Sydney Carton, to whom he bears a striking resemblance. Darnay wins Lucia while Carton worships her from afar. When the French revolution begins, Darnay returns to France where he is imprisoned and sentenced to death. By subterfuge, Carton smuggles Darnay out of prison, taking his place at the guillotine so that Darnay can return to the woman Carton loved.
Harry De Vere
Charles Dickens' novel first appeared in All the Year round from 30 April to November 26, 1859. This film was re-issued on February 4, 1920. Modern sources add Margaret Dumont to the cast. Among the many screen adaptations of Dickens' novel are the 1935 M-G-M production, starring Ronald Colman and directed by Jack Conway (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40) and the 1958 British production, starring Dirk Bogarde and directed by Ralph Thomas.