David Copperfield

David Copperfield

David Copperfield is a 1935 American film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer based upon Charles Dickens' 1850 novel The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger. A number of characters and incidents from the novel were omitted – notably David's time at Salem House boarding school, although one character he met at Salem House (Steerforth) was retained for the film as a head boy at the school David attended after his aunt Betsey Trotwood gained custody of him.


David's father dies before his birth and therefore the young man is forced to spend his childhood without the presence of a father figure. He therefore finds valid support in his mother and housekeeper Peggotty. David's mother, however, feels the need to have a husband and therefore remarries with Mr. Murdstone, a severe and insensitive man, and welcomes his sister into the house who proves to be even more insensitive than his brother.