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Berkeley Square (1933)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast

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Heather Angel ...
Valerie Taylor ...
Irene Browne ...
Beryl Mercer ...
Colin Keith-Johnston ...
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Juliette Compton ...
Betty Lawford ...
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Olaf Hytten ...
David Torrence ...
Lord Stanley
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Hylda Tyson ...
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A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.

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time travel | based on play

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Fantasy | Romance

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15 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Berkeley Square  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The story was partially based on "The Sense of the Past," an unfinished novel by Henry James. See more »

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Tom Pettigrew: [to his sister, after being caught kissing the maid] You all look alike in the dark.
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The interesting plot is marred by a stilted and overly mannered set of characters.
16 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Berkeley Square" is a frustrating old film to watch. It has a really neat story idea about time travel--something very exciting for 1933. But it also has incredibly stilted language and the characters are too mannered to be interesting.

When the film begins, you see Peter Standish (Leslie Howard) in both a 19th century setting and then in the present time. How is this possible? Well, it seems that he's inherited a magical old mansion--one that allows him to travel to 1784! Here he is a newly arrived Yankee arriving within polite British society. However, Peter's language is a bit odd and he seems to know too much--mostly because he knows what folks will do because he's read up on the history of the family. He knows who he will marry and how his life SHOULD go--but will this now happen since his intended fiancée is afraid of him?!

As I mentioned above, the story idea involving time travel is pretty amazing for the 1930s. Plus, even now it is an interesting plot element. But I just wished Peter and the rest were less rigid and dull- -this plot should NEVER be dull. And, although it didn't bother me, my wife felt frustrated that so much of the film was never explained--such as how the woman could magically see the future by staring into Peter's eyes!! Worth seeing but it just missed the mark in too many ways to be anything other than an unusual curio.


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