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Berkeley Square (1933)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Romance | 15 September 1933 (USA)
A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.



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Complete credited cast:
Valerie Taylor ...
Beryl Mercer ...
Colin Keith-Johnston ...
American Ambassador (as Samuel Hinds)
Olaf Hytten ...
Lord Stanley


A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.

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Fantasy | Romance


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Release Date:

15 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 9, 1934 with Leslie Howard reprising his film role. See more »


Peter Standish: [after kissing Helen] There's never been a kiss like that since the world began!
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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Berkeley Square (1959) See more »


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Creaky Yet Strangely Haunting Version of a Theatrical Classic
3 July 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

BERKELEY SQUARE was a success d'estime of the late Twenties and early Thirties. Based on a short story - THE SENSE OF THE PAST - by Henry James, it tells the story of how Peter Standish (Leslie Howard) travels back in time from the contemporary world into the late eighteenth century, and discovers to his cost that life isn't quite as idyllic as the history books might suggest. John L. Balderston's script isn't without its sentimental moments, but generally takes a hard-nosed look at the ways in which individuals remain as self-centered in the past as they might have been over a century ago. Leslie Howard, who created the past of Standish on the Broadway stage, here recreates his part; he doesn't have to do much other than to look bewildered, which he achieves very competently. Valerie Taylor makes an ideal romantic interest. Director Frank Lloyd was one of Twentieth Century-Fox's most competent contract directors; his version of Noel Coward's CAVALCADE (1933), based on another theatrical hit, is particularly memorable. In BERKELEY SQUARE he creates a brisk narrative, containing a memorable series of transitions between past and present. Definitely worth a look if a copy of the film can be found.

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