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Becky Sharp (1935)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 28 June 1935 (USA)
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Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" ... See full summary »


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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
G.P. Huntley ...
George Osborne (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
William Stack ...
George Hassell ...
Charles Richman ...
Doris Lloyd ...
Colin Tapley ...
Leonard Mudie ...


Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class. Becky manages to insinuate herself in Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends. From this possibly auspicious- beginning, she manages to ruin her own life, becoming sick, broke, and lonely, and also ruins the lives of many other "loved ones". In the movie we get to see the class distinctions in England at the time, and get a sense of what it was like for the English military at the time of the Napoleonic wars. Written by Lisa Grable

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Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

28 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lady of Fortune  »

Box Office


$950,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)


(Cinecolor) (re-release prints)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Preview audiences complained that the sound was unintelligible. RKO re-recorded the entire soundtrack by re-recording their Photophone track on a Western Electric rival process, and then transferred it to the Photophone system for the release print. See more »


In the final scenes, Becky is living in a drab furnished room that is clearly shown to be on the second floor. However, once in the room, a look through a window shows people walking on the street - at the same level as the room itself. See more »


Remake of Vanity Fair (1923) See more »


Young Molly Who Lives at the Foot of the Hill
(1760) (uncredited)
Sung by Miriam Hopkins at the cabaret
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(Techni)colorful dialogue
23 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just had the pleasure of seeing the restored version of "Becky Sharp", and, like others who had taped this back in the bad old days of nearly monochromatic, public domain copies of this title, the improvement amounts to seeing an entirely different film. The use of color was striking and surprisingly well considered. As a writer, I found the dialogue delightfully rich in the manner of what were admittedly more sophisticated films of the 30's. Make no mistake, other than the admirable use of 3-strip Technicolor on its first feature film outing, this is no masterpiece--Mamoulian's name in the credits notwithstanding. But compared to today, with dialogue now largely dismissed as unnecessary to filmed "entertainment", it was brilliant. I could finally hear 90% of it, whereas in the old Cinecolor print, most of it was unintelligible. What pains me is that audiences seem unable (or unwilling) to enjoy dialogue that was meant to be listened to and appreciated on its own account. I heard nary a chuckle during any the witty ripostes of which Beck Sharp has its(and her) fair share of. A shame.

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