Berkeley Square

1933, Movie, NR, 87 mins


Posh production of a sophisticated Broadway play which ran for 50 weeks. The film, with Leslie Howard beautifully managing his difficult role, is centered about a British mansion which manages to somehow transport modern-day Howard back into the 18th century and into the body of a foppish ancestor. Howard falls in love with a girl in a bygone age, saves her from assorted problems, and is then tragically torn back to the present where he meets her modern counterpart. It's a unique twist on Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and the first time such a time-lapse film was produced. Great style and Howard's haunting, lyrical presence lift this film far above the average. Howard's performance earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination, but he lost to Charles Laughton for THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII. (Remade as THE HOUSE ON THE SQUARE and I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU.) leave a comment

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