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Berkeley Square (1933)

Berkeley Square (1933)

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Adapted from John Balderston's successful stage fantasy (itself based on a story by Henry James), Berkeley Square is the story of a modern-day London scientist (Leslie Howard), who is romantically fascinated by the 18th century. A freak accident propels Howard back to 1784, where he assumes the identity of one of his own ancestors. Howard falls in love with his distant cousin Helen (Heather Angel), while his other relatives regard the time-traveller as a "sorcerer" due to his disturbing knowledge of future events. Gradually, Howard is disillusioned by the squalor and bigotry of the 18th century. He bids farewell to Helen, explaining that he will actually be born years after her death but that they will be reunited "in God's time". Returning to the present, Howard discovers that Helen died young without ever marrying. He renounces his own fiancee and determines to live out his life as a bachelor, to be united with his true love in death. Long considered a lost film, Berkeley Square was rediscovered in the mid 1970s. The film had already been remade in 1951 as the Tyrone Power vehicle I'll Never Forget You.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Lasky Productions

Cast

Leslie Howard
as Peter Standish
Heather Angel
as Helen Pettigrew
Valerie Taylor
as Kate Pettigrew
Irene Browne
as Lady Ann Pettigrew
Beryl Mercer
as Mrs. Barwick
Colin Keith-Johnston
as Tom Pettigrew
Julie Compton
as Duchess of Devonshire
Alan Mowbray
as Major Clinton
Lionel Belmore
as Innkeeper
Juliette Compton
as Duchess of Devonshire
Betty Lawford
as Marjorie Frant
Ferdinand Gottschalk
as Mr. Throstle
Samuel S. Hinds
as The American Ambassador
Olaf Hytten
as Sir Joshua Reynolds
David Torrence
as Lord Stanley
Lionel Barrymore
as Innkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Berkeley Square

All Critics (2)

Has a time travel theme. This was the first of many such films.

Full Review… | March 24, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Leslie Howard received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for this time-travel romantic fantasy.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Berkeley Square

A tremendously creative film featuring a mystical time traveling by Leslie Howard's character as he ventures to the period that he finds himself drawn to. Apparently the film was lost for a number of decades and I am tremendously happy that it has re-emerged.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A hard to find early sci-fi film about a man who time travels back to the 1700s and pretends to be one of his ancestors. You can say that this is the granddaddy of time travel flicks. There are some interesting topics of changing ones future by affecting the past. Leslie Howard is wonderful as a man who is seen by the others in the 1700s as a strange talking man who doesn't fit in their period. If you can find this lost gem, it's worth a watch. Grade: B

Calvin Cajigal
Calvin Cajigal

Leslie Howard received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for this time-travel romantic fantasy. good pre-code talkie

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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