Dickens' classic story about an orphaned boy who, with the help of a kindly aunt, escapes his stepfather's cruelty and grows up to become a successful author and marries his childhood sweetheart. Over the years, critics have repeatedly praised the exceptional craftsmanship and talent that went into this Oscar-nominated production. Starring W.C. Fields ("The Bank Dick") in his only dramatic role, Oscar-winner Lionel Barrymore ("It's A Wonderful Life," "Captains Courageous"), Freddie Bartholomew ("Captains Courageous") and Maureen O'Sullivan ("The Thin Man"). Directed by Academy Award-winner George Cukor ("My Fair Lady," "Adam's Rib"). Produced by Hollywood legend David O. Selznik ("Gone With the Wind," "A Star is Born," "Rebecca"). Leonard Maltin gives it four stars and declares it, "a treat from start to finish." Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time.