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-- Classic adaptation of the Charles Dickens story about an orphan (Freddie Bartholomew) saved from the wicked designs of a cruel stepfather (Basil Rathbone) with the help of his aunt (Edna May Oliver) and a host of friends (Maureen O'Sullivan, Jessie Ralph, Lionel Barrymore, Herbert Mundin, etc.). Director George Cukor captures the flavor of Dickens' mix of whimsey and melodrama with the proper Victorian atmosphere and an outstanding cast portraying its rich ensemble of characters, not least of whom is W.C. Fields' Micawber besting Roland Young's Uriah Heep. Outstanding family fare. (A-I) (br)
These movies have been evaluated for artistic merit and moral suitability by the media reviewing division of Catholic News Service. The reviews include the CNS rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.
The classifications are as follows:
A-I -- general patronage;
A-II -- adults and adolescents;
A-III -- adults;
L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
O -- morally offensive.
Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.