Little Dorrit

A.W. Sandberg, Denmark, 1924

131 min.DK/FeatureDrama, AdaptionsSilent films

Amy Dorrit – nicknamed Little Dorrit – was born in Marshalsea debtors prison, where her father has been incarcerated for a minor debt for the last 23 years. She lives with him in the prison at night, while going out to work as a seamstress during the day, for the unpleasant Mrs. Clennam. One day, Mrs. Clennam’s son, Arthur, returns home after spending years abroad, and falls head over heels in love with Amy. He marvels over the fact that his reserved mother has taken the girl under her wing, and senses a connection between Mr. Dorrit’s lengthy prison sentence and his own parents. He soon discovers that the shadow of the prison extends far beyond its walls, intervening in the lives of many, including the rent collector Pancks, the successful financier Mr. Merdle and the bureaucrats of the Circumlocution Office.

The work is a film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous 1857 novel of the same name. Film director A.W. Sandberg truly made a name for himself through Nordisk Film with his large-scale film adaptations of Dickens’ works, including ‘Our Mutual Friend’, ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations’. The set designs for these films were created by Carlo Jacobsen.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Lille Dorrit
Danish title Lille Dorrit
International titles Klein Dorrit, Petite Dorrit
Director A.W. Sandberg
Screenplay Sam Ask
Based on Efter Dickens' roman.
Director of Photography Einar Olsen, Louis Larsen
Production designer Carlo Jacobsen
Appearance Frederik Jensen, Karina Bell, Karen Winther, Knud Schrøder
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 3245 meter, 35 mm, 1,33:1, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 26.12.1924
Cinemas Palads
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Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Fotorama


Direction A.W. Sandberg


Script Sam Ask


Cinematography Einar Olsen
Cinematography Louis Larsen

Production design

Production design Carlo Jacobsen


William Dorrit Frederik Jensen
Amy, kaldet lille Dorrit Karina Bell
Fanny, Williams datter Karen Winther
Tip, Williams søn Knud Schrøder
Frederik Dorrit, Williams bror Georg Busch
Arthur Clennam Gunnar Tolnæs
Mrs. Clennam, Arthurs mor Ingeborg Pehrson
Tvillingerne Jeremias/Efraim Flintwich Carl Hintz
Affery Mathilde Nielsen
Arrestforvarer Chivery Torben Meyer
Chiverys hustru Kate Fabian
John, Chiverys søn Erik Skjold Petersen
Maggy Karen Caspersen
Rigaud Peter Nielsen
Panks Kai Paaske
Mrs. General Ellen Rovsing

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