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15 September 1933 (USA) See more »
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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Hump Day With Adam Lambert: London Calling
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Directed by
Frank Lloyd 
 
Writing credits
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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 
 
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Earl Rettig .... unit manager
 
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Louis De Francesco .... musical director
 

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84 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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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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[last line, heard in Peter's memory]
Helen Pettigrew:We shall be together, Peter. Not in my time, not in yours, but in God's.
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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.

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