Major Barbara (1941)

Major Barbara (1941)

Major Barbara



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George Bernard Shaw's satiric comedy about wealth and poverty is brought to the screen with wonderful performances by Rex Harrison and Wendy Hiller. Hiller plays Major Barbara Undershaft, a major in the Salvation Army who is also a socialist and stridently attacks capitalists -- in particular her father Andrew (Robert Morley), the head of a munitions plant. In love with Barbara is the young Greek scholar Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), whose attentions go unreturned since Barbara spends all her … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: George Bernard Shaw, Anatole de Grunwald
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On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Criterion Collection

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as Maj. Barbara Undersh...

as Adolphus Cusins

as Andrew Undershaft

as Bill Walker

as Snobby Price

as Mrs. Baines

as Jenny Hill

as Charles Lomax

as Sarah Undershaft

as Lady Brittomart

as Peter Shirley

as Morrison

as Mog Habbijam

as Mrs. Price

as Todger Fairmile

as Rummy Mitchens

as Policeman

as Stephen Undershaft
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The result is a cinema treat.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
TIME Magazine
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Adapted from an old Shaw play, circa 1905, it still carries the lightning thrusts of Shavian caustic satire at any and all levels.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

There is plenty to relish, notably Newton and Morley hamming it up (as, respectively, the rumbustious Bill Walker and the overbearing tycoon), and Deborah Kerr in her debut; but it does tend to just sit there.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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To call it a manifest triumph would be arrant stinginess with words.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Though a bit slow to start and overlong (GBS added 18 minutes to the screenplay), this is still an enthusiastic and intelligent rendering of the wonderful Shavian wit and sense of the ridiculous.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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[A] superb screen adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's morality study about the Salvation Army and armaments manufacture.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Radio Times

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