The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Mystery of Edwin Drood1935

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)




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An opium-addicted choirmaster of a cathedral puts himself in a difficult situation after he falls in love with his nephew's fiancee. His love turns to madness and one Christmas Eve, he murders his rival and stuffs the corpse into a pit of quicklime that is located beneath the cathedral crypt. Any one after that who falls in love with the girl suffers a similar fate. The story is based on the final, unfinished novel of Charles Dickens.


Claude Rains
as John Jasper
Douglass Montgomery
as Neville Landless
Heather Angel
as Rosa Bud
David Manners
as Edwin Drood
Valerie Hobson
as Helena Landless
Francis L. Sullivan
as Rev. Mr. Septimus Crisparkle
Walter Kingsford
as Hiram Grewigious
E.E. Clive
as Thomas Sapsea
Louise Carter
as Mrs. Crisparkle
Ethel Griffies
as Miss Twinkleton
Zeffie Tilbury
as Opium Den Hag
J.M. Kerrigan
as Chief Verger Tope
Elsa Buchanan
as Mrs. Tisher
D'Arcy Corrigan
as Opium Addict
Anne O'Neal
as Crisparkle Maid
Will Geer
as Villager
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Critic Reviews for The Mystery of Edwin Drood

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

This Mystery of Edwin Drood, though it adds nothing of consequence to the great mystery, is good Dickens and a genuinely fine horror story in the bargain.

February 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Charles Dickens' unfinished novel receives a somewhat mediocre, but fairly entertaining treatment in this Kino Lorber Studio Classics blu-ray highlighted by a strong central performance by Claude Rains.

January 5, 2022 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is far from the best Dickens adaptation of the period, but it does give life to a story that has always been a little loose and truncated.

November 18, 2021 | Full Review…

By partially divesting Edwin Drood of its caricatured characters, Universal pull it down to the level of a second-rate thriller.

February 4, 2021 | Full Review…

More Dickens, more Christmas carols emanating from snow-thatched cathedrals, while strange doings go on under the arches. Claude Rains works hard, but he's had better parts.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Hollywood continues to give the Dickens enthusiasts cause for cheering.

October 2, 2019 | Full Review…

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