January 2, 2017


A Tale of Two Cities – 1958 | 117 mins | Drama | B&W


Plot Synopsis

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens epic novel A Tale of Two Cities is faithfully adapted in simple, straightforward manner by screenwriter T.E.B. Clarke.

The film follows the fortunes of a disillusioned young English lawyer, Sydney Carton (Dirk Bogarde), whose solace is drink and who bears an uncanny resemblance to a young French aristocrat named Charles Darnay (Paul Guers). Carton defends Darnay in an English court on charges of spying made by treacherous informer Barsad (Donald Pleasence), and saves the French aristocrat from an indictment of treason. Later, after a nightly drinking bout, Carlton confesses to Darnay�s fianc�e Lucie (Dorothy Tutin) that he loves her and would do anything to assist her, but demands she keeps his adoration secret.

Darnay returns to France and is greeted by tyrannical Marquis St. Evermonde (Christopher Lee). With the help of the revolutionary mob in Paris and condemned to die at the guillotine. In response to Lucie’s pleas for help, Carton travels to Paris, visits her husband’s cell, drugs him and substitutes himself for the condemned man. As Darnay is smuggled out of Paris to freedom and a reunion with Lucie by Jarvis (Cecil Parker), the horse drawn cart taking Carton to his death trundles through the howling mob towards the scaffold.

Production Team

Ralph Thomas: Director
Carmen Dillon: Art Direction
Ernest Steward: Cinematography
Beatrice Dawson: Costume Design
Alfred Roome: Editing
Iris Tilley: Makeup Department
Paul Rabiger: Makeup Department
Florrie Hyde: Makeup Department
Muir Mathieson: Music Direction
Richard Addinsell: Original music
Betty E Box: Producer
TEB Clarke: Script
Bill Daniels: Sound Department
EG Daniels: Sound Department
Archie Ludski: Sound Department


Dirk Bogarde: Sydney Carton
Dorothy Tutin: Lucie Manette
Cecil Parker: Jarvis Lorry
Stephen Murray: Dr Manette
Athene Seyler: Miss Pross
Paul Guers: Charles Darnay
Marie Versini: Marie Gabelle
Ian Bannen: Gabelle
Alfie Bass: Jerry Cruncher
Ernest Clark: Stryver
Rosalie Crutchley: Madame Defarge
Freda Jackson: The Vengeance
Duncan Lamont: Ernest Defarge
Christopher Lee: Marquis St Evremonde

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