Derek Bond plays the title character, a resourceful young Britisher forced to protect his family against the demonic machinations of his wicked Uncle Ralph (Cedric Hardwicke). Cast out into the cold cruel world, Nicholas Nickleby deals adroitly with friend and foe alike, eventually coming full circle to mete out just desserts to his unspeakable uncle.
With a cast that includes Sally Ann Howes, Bernard Miles, Sybil Thorndike, Aubrey Woods, Patricia Hayes, Cyril Fletcher, Fay Compton, Cathleen Nesbitt and Stanley Holloway, the film was adapted for the screen by John Dighton (My Learned Friend, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Man in the White Suit, Roman Holiday) and directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, the brilliant Brazilian-born director of Went the Day Well?, which was also written by John Dighton.
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Screenplay by John Dighton
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