The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street




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Staying quite close to its distinguished theatrical roots, this well-wrought drama chronicles the struggle for invalid 19th-century British poet Elizabeth Barrett to get out from under the oppressive thumb of her domineering father who sternly opposes her budding romance with the sensitive Robert Browning who is also a poet. Poor Elizabeth must spend most of her time alone in her room. Her only companionship comes from her faithful dog and her poems. Meanwhile, Robert fights with her father for … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Donald Stewart, Ernest Vajda, Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 1992


as Elizabeth Barrett

as Robert Browning

as Edward Moulton Barre...

as Harry Bevan

as Henrietta Barrett

as Arabel Barrett

as Wilson

as Bella Hedley

as Capt. Surtees Cook

as Octavius Barrett

as Charles Barrett

as Charles Barrett

as George Barrett

as George Barrett

as Alfred Barrett

as Henry Barrett

as Septimus Barrett

as Dr. Chambers

as Dr. Ford-Waterlow

as Coachman

as Clergyman

as Dr. Ford-Waterlow

as George Barrett
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Critic Reviews for The Barretts of Wimpole Street

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

As a film it's slow. Very. The first hour is wandering, planting-the-plot stuff that has some difficulty cementing the interest, but in the final stretch it grips and holds.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Sidney Franklin has filmed a drama of beauty, dignity and nobility.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Slow, deliberate, dull.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the better-known and more typical of MGM's adaptations of famous stage plays.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sidney Franklin's first version of the story is stiff and stagy, but it offers good roles for Charles Laughton as the tyrannical and abusive father and Norma Shearer as his invalid poet-daughter.

Full Review… | February 10, 2008

When not even Charles Laughton, playing a deranged, scarily pious, and pretty obviously incestuous domineering father can save a film, you know you have problems.

Full Review… | December 5, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Barretts of Wimpole Street

A bit on the melodramatic side but I think this was the time period that created the melodrama. Fredric March is seemingly in every film as the leading man and here he performs his duty and gets his maid.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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