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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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beautiful film See more (11 total) »

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Directed by
Frank Lloyd 
 
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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 
 
Production Management
Earl Rettig .... unit manager
 
Music Department
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 original play, "Berkeley Square," opened in London in 1928, starring Leslie Howard. The Broadway production opened at the Lyceum Theater on November 4, 1929, also starring Howard. It ran for 229 performances, and was followed by a national tour. Howard and Valerie Taylor recreated their stage roles for the film version.See more »
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Peter Standish:A new Fire of London, that's what's needed here. Yes, and a new Plague too. Dirt, disease, cruelty, smells - Lord, how the eighteenth century stinks!See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
beautiful film, 19 February 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Leslie Howard stars in "Berkeley Square," also starring Heather Angel.

Howard plays Peter Standish, who is fascinated by all the material he finds in his house from his 18th century ancestors, 146 years earlier. He believes that if he wants to, he can go back to that time. This film is the predecessor to many time travel films, including Somewhere in Time.

His ancestor, also Peter Standish, visited his house from America on a particular date. Peter changes places with him on that date in the present.

At first, all is well; then he starts slipping and speaking of things in the future to the extent that people begin to believe he is possessed b the devil. The only person who senses the real Peter is Helen Pettigrew (Heather Angel) a Standish cousin. He and Helen fall in love, and she is able to see the future through his eyes -- war, weapons of destruction, neon lights, cars - it all terrifies her. This is the best sequence in the film.

Helen cannot go into the future with him -- and doesn't want to, given what she's seen -- and he's a pariah, and will make her one, if he stays.

This is a charming film badly in need of restoration. Leslie Howard is perfect as Peter -- handsome, ethereal, and well-suited to the period aspects. Heather Angel, whom I've just gotten to know in the Bulldog Drummond series, is delightful, petite and pretty with a soothing voice and a fragility that lends itself well to the role.

Berkeley Square was remade in 1951 as "I'll Never Forget You," starring Tyrone Power, which has a less sober ending - before it was released on DVD, it was in the TCM website's top ten of most requested films to be released as a DVD. There's something appealing about time travel - otherwise, there wouldn't be so many films about it. But there's also something appealing and modern about the premise of Berkeley Square - that all time runs parallel and is all happening at once. Quantum physics would agree that this is so.

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