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15 September 1933 (USA) See more »
A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors. | Add synopsis »
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The interesting plot is marred by a stilted and overly mannered set of characters. See more (14 total) »


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Directed by
Frank Lloyd 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John L. Balderston  play
John L. Balderston  screenplay
Henry James  unfinished novel "The Sense of the Past"
Sonya Levien  writer

Produced by
Jesse L. Lasky .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Brunelli (uncredited)
Louis De Francesco (uncredited)
J.S. Zamecnik (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
Film Editing by
Harold D. Schuster 
Set Decoration by
William S. Darling 
Costume Design by
William Lambert 
Production Management
Earl Rettig .... unit manager
Music Department
Louis De Francesco .... musical director

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Did You Know?

The film takes place in 1784 and 1933.See more »
Mr. Throstle:Hmm... the man must be gifted with second sight. Such feats as this are common in Scotland.See more »
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The interesting plot is marred by a stilted and overly mannered set of characters., 16 March 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"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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