IMDb > Berkeley Square (1933)

Berkeley Square (1933) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
6.6/10   408 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 317% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
They're not all that reasonable in the age of reason See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

The story was partially based on "The Sense of the Past," an unfinished novel by Henry James.See more »
Peter Standish:[after kissing Helen] There's never been a kiss like that since the world began!See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
They're not all that reasonable in the age of reason, 24 July 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (13 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Berkeley Square (1933)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
plot hole ebida3
Better Ending Elkabong1940
The significance of Helen's epitaph gearhart
Will air on TCM on Tue Jul 24 2012 at 9:45pm ET malcolmwatt
Letter to Pettigrews written in Italian rios_119
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
I'll Never Forget You One Touch of Venus The Flight of Dragons Death Takes a Holiday Heaven Can Wait
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Fantasy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.