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Release Date:
7 November 1935 (USA) See more »
Their love defied the world! See more »
Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Peter Ibbetson

Ann Harding ... Mary - Duchess of Towers

John Halliday ... The Duke of Towers

Ida Lupino ... Agnes

Douglass Dumbrille ... Col. Forsythe

Virginia Weidler ... Mimsey - Mary Age 6

Dickie Moore ... Gogo - Peter Age 8

Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Dorian

Gilbert Emery ... Wilkins

Donald Meek ... Mr. Slade

Christian Rub ... Maj. Duquesnois
Elsa Buchanan ... Madame Pasquier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Herbert Evans ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)

Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)

Bodil Rosing ... Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)
Jack Adair ... Guard (uncredited)
Robert Adair ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Judge (uncredited)
Ambrose Barker ... 3rd Clerk (uncredited)

Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Sister of Mercy (uncredited)

Marcelle Corday ... Maid (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Guard (uncredited)
Blanche Craig ... The Countess (uncredited)

Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Nun (uncredited)

Leonid Kinskey ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Cyril McLaglen ... Captain of Guards (uncredited)
Thomas Monk ... 4th Clerk (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... 2nd Clerk (uncredited)
Marguerite Namara ... Madame Ginghi (uncredited)
Elsa Prescott ... Katherine (uncredited)
Gerald Rogers ... Warden (uncredited)
Colin Tapley ... 1st Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Vincent Lawrence (screenplay) and
Waldemar Young (screenplay)

John Meehan (additional scenes) and
Edwin Justus Mayer (additional scenes)

George L. Du Maurier (novel) (as George du Maurier)

John Nathaniel Raphael (play)

Constance Collier (adaptation)

John L. Balderston  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Kathryn Scola  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Tiffany Thayer  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Fred Zinnemann  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)

Produced by
Louis D. Lighton .... producer
Henry Herzbrun .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ernst Toch 
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Stuart Heisler 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Usher 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Lissner .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Goodwin .... sound recordist
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Harry D. Mills .... sound recordist (as Harry Mills)
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Ernst Toch .... musical director
Nat W. Finston .... musical director (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Argentina:Atp | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #1172)

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the film's first scene, as Gogo is leaving his mother's bedroom he passes a mirror in which the reflection of a crew member is briefly visible.See more »
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Version of Forever (1921)See more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Rare Gem from the Golden Age of Hollywood, 18 March 2007
Author: malvernp from United States

If you are at this site and reading about "Peter Ibbetson"-----congratulations on having an exotic taste in films coupled with a deep-seated fascination with romance, fantasy, destiny and the power of love to conquer the most formidable of difficulties! We have seen a number of films from Hollywood's Golden Age that touched upon similar themes. From "Death Takes a Holiday" (1934) to "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941), we suffered along with sympathetic lovers whose path to true fulfillment was strewn with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But in the end---somehow-----the force of love overcame every problem to ultimately allow for what was meant to be.

These stories are ageless and have appeared as recently as "Somewhere In Time" (1980) and "Meet Joe Black" (1998)---itself a reworking of "Death Takes a Holiday." "Peter Ibbetson" may be one of the very best films to explore the force of destiny on young lovers linked from childhood to be together "forever." The beauty of this film is in its design, execution and performances.

Henry Hathaway, the director, worked with Gary Cooper earlier in 1935 in the rousing action adventure "Lives of a Bengal Lancer." Are there two more dissimilar films than these? It is a tribute to Hathaway's skill and artistry that he could make both stories work so well when they were completed almost at the same time.

Cooper excelled in portraying sensitive characters ("Pride of the Yankees" (1942), "Sergeant York" (1941), etc.) and Peter Ibbetson was well within his range of projecting an introspective romantic hero whose great love must be found in the world of dreams. It is a fine, deeply felt performance.

Ann Harding, not well known today as a romantic actress, captures the complexity and subtlety of the story. Her ability to will the Cooper character into believing that their love must persist even if it exists only in their own imagination is both powerful and enduring.

When contemporary critics take shots at the old Hollywood Studio System as nothing more than a glorified factory grinding out entertainment fodder for the masses, they ought to take a look at this strange, moving and truly unusual film. Its creators probably knew going in that it was not likely to be a box office hit given the nature of the subject matter. The fact that it was made at all and in such a sumptuous manner is an excellent tribute to the taste of the powers that be at Paramount.

Seek out "Peter Ibbetson," You will be transported to a world that no longer exists---and into a story that requires the viewer to be a real romantic with great imagination. It will reward you with a deeply touching tale where true love finally wins out under the most extraordinary of circumstances. What more need be said?

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