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Film director and former "Dickensian Character Actor" Thomas Bentley made his last of several Dickens adaptations with this early talkie version of The Old Curiosity Shop, which was hailed for its exacting art direction and Hay Petrie's unsurpassed performance as the devilish trickster Daniel Quilp.
Thomas Bentley's directorial progress can be judged by his assured command over this, his last film and sole sound picture from a Dickensian source. John Betjeman rightly praised the excellent art direction: "BIP's version . . . contained some shots which were the best Dickensian scenes yet produced." Hay Petrie (who would play Pumblechook in Lean's Great Expectations fourteen years later) gives a demonic depiction of the trickster Quilp, one of Dickens' most deep-dyed villains, which remains unsurpassed.