The Barretts of Wimpole Street Reviews
Charles Laughton is brilliant as the overbearing, controlling, overprotective, borderline incestuous Mr. Barrett, father of 12, whose wife had passed away, and whose own frustrations in love had led him to forbid his children to marry. He's hard to watch at times, but certainly gives the best performance, and the movie is probably more about his inability to let his children go - indeed, he disinherited each one who married - than it is about the extraordinary love between Robert and Elizabeth, though Frederic March and Norma Shearer do have some tender scenes. I enjoyed watching it, but I suppose that's the reason I didn't give a higher rating. How much better would it have been had they incorporated even more of their relationship, and some of their letters and poetry. The movie would be remade 23 years later by the same director, Sidney Franklin, and would be a great choice to be remade (with script changes) again today.
(1934) The Barretts of Wimpole Street
A very mature film about an overbearing father (Charles Laughton)and his 7 children who does his best to prevent any of them to have any relationships of their own especially if it comes to marriage! One in paritcular is the father's eldest daughter Da played wonderfully by Norma Shearer who stays mostly in her room because of a sickness! Two time Oscar winner Fredric March also stars as the successful poet who encourages Da to get on her feet and stand up to her father! Intelligent script leading to inteligent spoken dialogue by it's leading actors rates quite high on my list! Remade again in 1957!
3.5 out of 4