An image from the 1962 re-release of a poster advertising the 1935 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production of David Copperfield, with an all-star cast. Wilkins Micawber was played by W. C. Fields.
Fields (born William Duckenfield in 1879) began his career in show business as a juggler at age fourteen. He was in vaudeville; appeared in Paris in the Folies-Bergère and then in the Ziegfeld Follies, and also in George White’s Scandals. Fields began his film career in 1915.
Freddy Bartholomew was on the London stage at the age of three. He was eleven when cast in the title role of David Copperfield. Lionel Barrymore, of the famous acting family, was cast in the role of Dan’l Peggotty. Roland Young performed as Uriah Heep.