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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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Handsomely filmed romantic fantasy of time travel and unending love... See more (11 total) »

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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
 
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 story was partially based on "The Sense of the Past," an unfinished novel by Henry James.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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Handsomely filmed romantic fantasy of time travel and unending love..., 24 July 2012
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Leslie Howard proves once again that he was the matinée idol women adored long before he was unwillingly cast as Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind," a role he hated to play.

He gives a very forceful performance here as a young man who is fascinated by his ancestry and somehow transports himself to an earlier era, with unhappy consequences he couldn't have expected when events turn against him.

Heather Angel makes a good impression (she and Howard both starred in the Broadway stage version), but the tale itself is much too talky for the screen and would have benefited from a wider use of outdoor scenes to take away some of the stage-bound feeling. An unusual feature is the almost constant flow of background music in an era when most soundtracks were only punctuated by dialog without musical effects. This affects the quality of the spoken words, of which there are far too many for my taste and, in this case, because it's based on a stage play taken from an unfinished Henry James novel called "A Sense of Time." It takes a willingness to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy the fantasy aspects of the story, but it's done in an interesting way and directed in stylish fashion by Frank Lloyd.

Summing up: One of Howard's better film performances, he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. Remade by Fox in 1951 as a film for Tyrone Power and Ann Blyth called "I'll Never Forget You."

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