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

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The film takes place in 1784 and 1933. See more »

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Peter Standish: Doesn't that prove that all time must really be one? Time... real time... is nothing but an idea in the mind of God.
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Version of Berkeley Square (1959) See more »

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Early One Morning
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They're not all that reasonable in the age of reason
24 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this version of Berkeley Square was little more than a photographed stage play it does have Leslie Howard portraying Peter Standish as he did on Broadway for 229 performances during the 1929-1930 season. No other member of the cast repeated their roles. I have to say that the Tyrone Power version from 1951 was and is more cinematically viable.

That being said Leslie Howard was doing a part that was tailor made for him. He's a jaded American scientist who is firmly convinced that he is at some point in time destined to change places with an ancestor also named Peter Standish from the 18th century post American Revolution Great Britain.

When he gets there he mixes and mingles with high and mighty of the day like the Prince Of Wales, Dr. Samuel Johnson, and Sir Joshua Reynolds. And he knows things that others don't and uses all kinds of modern in this case 1928 idioms that first amuse then frighten.

He's in fact pledged to one woman, but falls in love with her sister played by Heather Angel, something he did not count on. It's almost like a trip to Fantasy Island where Mr. Rourke has arranged a trip to the Age of Reason. Usually those trips to some idealized place in history involved a cruel dose of reality as well and in Berkeley Square Leslie Howard gets just such a dose.

Howard and Angel are a wonderfully matched pair of lovers who will meet some day in time and space and know it. Howard earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor, the second coming with Pygmalion. Had Berkeley Square been better cinematically it probably would be more revived. As it is it's a great performance by Leslie Howard, one his legion of fans should treasure.


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