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Release Date:
28 June 1935 (USA) See more »
Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Miriam Hopkins ... Becky Sharp

Frances Dee ... Amelia Sedley

Cedric Hardwicke ... Marquis of Steyne

Billie Burke ... Lady Bareacres

Alison Skipworth ... Miss Crawley

Nigel Bruce ... Joseph Sedley

Alan Mowbray ... Rawdon Crawley
G.P. Huntley ... George Osborne (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
William Stack ... Pitt Crawley
George Hassell ... Sir Pitt Crawley

William Faversham ... Duke of Wellington
Charles Richman ... General Tufto
Doris Lloyd ... Duchess of Richmond
Colin Tapley ... William Dobbin

Leonard Mudie ... Tarquin
May Beatty ... Briggs
Charles Coleman ... Bowles
Bunny Beatty ... Lady Blanche
Finis Barton ... Miss Flowery
Olaf Hytten ... The Prince Regent
Pauline Garon ... Fifine
Jimmy Robinson ... Sedley's Page

Elspeth Dudgeon ... Miss Pinkerton
Tempe Pigott ... The Charwoman

Ottola Nesmith ... Lady Jane Crawley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Arnold ... Girl (uncredited)
Billie Bellport ... Girl (uncredited)
Mrs. Leslie Carter ... Woman (uncredited)
Margaret Dee ... Young Girl (uncredited)

Gaston Glass ... British Officer (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... British Officer (uncredited)

Stuart Hall ... (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... British Officer (uncredited)
Viola Moore ... Laura - Girl at School (uncredited)
Pat Nixon ... Ballroom Dance Extra (uncredited)

C. Montague Shaw ... British Nobleman (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... British Officer (uncredited)

John Warburton ... Beau Brummel (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
Lowell Sherman (uncredited; started film, died, replaced by Rouben Mamoulian)
Writing credits
William Makepeace Thackeray (novel "Vanity Fair") (as Thackeray)

Langdon Mitchell (play "Becky Sharp")

Francis Edward Faragoh (screenplay) (as Francis Edwards Faragoh)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek  (as Archie F. Marshek)
Production Design by
Robert Edmond Jones (designed in color by)
Makeup Department
Max Factor .... makeup artist: Technicolor (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
George E. Kann .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director
Art Department
George Hazenbush .... properties
Wiard Ihnen .... associate art director (as W.B. Ihnen)
Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Wayne .... chief electrician (as Bert Wayne)
W. Howard Greene .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Russell Lewis .... dance director
George E. Kann .... business manager (uncredited)
John London .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Paul Snell .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lady of Fortune" - USA (reissue title (cut version))
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84 min | USA:67 min (re-issue version)
Color (Cinecolor) (re-release prints) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (Ontario) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #735)

Did You Know?

The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 1 September 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); in Los Angeles it was first televised Sunday 26 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). Telecasts at this time were, of course, in B&W.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Young Molly Who Lives at the Foot of the HillSee more »


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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Glorious Technicolor Restored, 10 September 2001
Author: wrk6539 from Boston, MA

BECKY SHARP, historically important as the first feature film in full, three-color TECHNICOLOR, has always fascinated me. It's history, however, is frustrating and disappointing. Made by Pioneer Pictures and released through RKO, BECKY SHARP was sold to a poverty row exhibitor (whose name escapes me at the moment)in the 1940's for re-release. The company chose not to pay the high prices that TECHNICOLOR charged for release prints and had new prints of the film struck in inferior two strip CINECOLOR. More damaging to the future of BECKY was that the company never properly stored the original nitrate negatives. BECKY SHARP was sold to TV only in a shortened B&W print or in CINECOLOR reissue prints.

Still, the idea of this elusive "lost" treasure haunted me. It was amongst the very first videocassettes that I ever purchased back in the early days of the VCR when I was but a lad (and YES, I got strange looks.) BECKY SHARP was one of those poor, orphaned films whose copyrights have expired and now live in the public domain. The quality of the video cassette and the color was astonishingly bad, and gave no hint of the pleasures the original TECHNICOLOR photography must have contained.

A sad story to be sure, but fortunately UCLA performed a massive restoration effort on the film in the late 1980's, literally scouring the world for available film elements. Unfortunately, the restored BECKY SHARP has never been commercially released in any format. It was shown during AMC's first Film Preservation Festival back in 1993, however, and luckily I recorded it to cherish for all time (or at least until the tape wears out.) It has never aired since.

The restored BECKY SHARP is a revelation!! The film starts with barely any color at all, then pleasant pastels are introduced, followed eventually by the striking red coats of the British military. Full of color and deliciously over-ripe tints, this was primarily an experiment to see how color plays out in a feature film. The cast and drama takes a back-seat to the real star of the show, glorious TECHNICOLOR. The film itself is somewhat plodding and overplayed, but a lot of fun, to be sure!!

I'm not sure what legal red tape is responsible for there being no commercial release of this beautiful restoration, but none has appeared and this is a shame.

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