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Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mystery of Edwin Drood(1935)

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The title card for this film reads, "Charles Dickens' Mystery of Edwin Drood." The screenwriters provided an ending to Dickens' novel, which he left unfinished upon his death. The Variety review points out that Dickens scholars, led by Stephen Leacock, took exception with the ending of the film because Dickens at one time considered titling his novel The Flight of Edwin Drood or Edwin Drood in Hiding, which suggests that he intended Edwin Drood to return at the end of the story. Variety also points out that the film ignores the character of Lieutenant Tartar, whom, Variety states, Dickens "doubtless intended [Rosa] should wed." Onscreen credits erroneously spell actress Veda Buckland's name "Vera." Many reviews state that the film fits the genre of horror more than mystery.