MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 21,260 this week

The Great Garrick (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  30 October 1937 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 340 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

The Great Garrick (Brian Aherne) is the most celebrated London theater actor of his day (eighteenth century) and is invited to Paris to star at the Comedie Francaise, the most important ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(a play for the screen)
0Check in
0Share...

On TV

Airs Sun. Aug. 02, 10:30 AM on TCM

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 88 titles
created 01 Feb 2011
 
a list of 589 titles
created 12 May 2011
 
a list of 186 titles
created 06 Mar 2012
 
a list of 100 titles
created 29 May 2013
 
a list of 154 titles
created 25 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Great Garrick (1937)

The Great Garrick (1937) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Great Garrick.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd
Libel (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A shell-shocked WWII veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Swanson, John Howard
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Van Johnson
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Michael Curtiz
Stars: Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Woods
Certificate: Passed Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The period is the 1840's and California is part of Mexico. Many of the citizens wish to become part of the United States. Other countries are also interested and the Russians have ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Teresa Wright, Alfonso Bedoya
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Jeb Stuart, his romance with Kit Carson Holliday, friendship with George Custer and battles against John Brown in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey
Black Widow (1954)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer.

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sisters Carrie and Anna Berniers have been supporting their ne'er-do-well brother Julian through various failed businesses; now, he returns home with a sudden fortune and his young bride. ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux
The Milky Way (1936)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo McCarey, Ray McCarey, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Adolphe Menjou, Verree Teasdale
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A middle-aged woman walks out on her husband and family in an desperate attempt to find herself.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones
Certificate: Passed Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lawyer defends migrant worker falsely accused of 2 murders.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Dolores Moran
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Tubby
Melville Cooper ...
M. Picard
...
Luis Alberni ...
Basset
...
Auber
Marie Wilson ...
Nicolle
Linda Perry ...
Molee
Fritz Leiber ...
Horatio
Etienne Girardot ...
Jean Cabot
Dorothy Tree ...
Mme. Moreau
Craig Reynolds ...
M. Janin
Paul Everton ...
Innkeeper of Adam and Eve
Trevor Bardette ...
M. Noverre
Edit

Storyline

The Great Garrick (Brian Aherne) is the most celebrated London theater actor of his day (eighteenth century) and is invited to Paris to star at the Comedie Francaise, the most important theatre in France. Before his departure for Paris he is mistakenly quoted as saying that he is 'going to France to teach the French how to act'. The Comedie Francaise actors and director hear about this and take this as a serious insult and thus plot to embarrass The Great Garrick when he gets to France with a great big prank. The Comedie Francaise troupe takes over an inn on Garrick's road to Paris where he spends the night. What the Comedie Francaise actors don't know is that The Great Garrick is in on the joke and just plays along. A wrench is thrown into the plot when a lone, lovely traveler (Olivia de Havilland who was later Aherne's sister-in-law), who is not part of the prank, shows up looking for a room at the inn that the Comedie Francaise troupe has taken over. Garrick treats her as though ... Written by Lisa Rome

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladies and Gentlemen  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Sepiatone)| (Turner library print)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The play opened in London, England, UK on 18 May 1937. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie the road sign gives the distance to Paris in kilometers. The movie takes place in the 1750's; the metric system was introduced in 1799 after the French Revolution. See more »

Crazy Credits

Rather than saying "Produced by Mervyn LeRoy" (although LeRoy was the producer, and not James Whale) the credits read "Personally Supervised by Mervyn LeRoy". See more »

Connections

Version of David Garrick (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
In the score when the Paris title is shown
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
delightful comedy
3 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brian Aherne is the great actor David Garrick in "The Great Garrick," directed by James Whale and costarring Olivia DeHavilland. The actress was 21 years old when this film was released. The Comedy Francaise, insulted by comments made by Garrick about working with them, decides to give him a night in a French inn he won't ever forget. Knowing he will stop there en route to Paris, the head of the company rents the place for the day, dismissing the staff. The company take roles as maids, waiters, servants, etc. in a play written for the occasion by Beaumarchis, full of love triangles, duels, a crazy man, and lots of noise. What they don't know is that the old prompter, who once worked with Garrick, has gone ahead and warned him of what is to happen. One other thing they're not counting on is the appearance of another guest (DeHavilland) besides Garrick. Garrick, however, thinks she's part of the troupe.

This is a witty, well done comedy. Aherne, an accomplished Shakespearean actor, is great as the egomaniacal Garrick. He was equally good in "Merrily We Live," but for some reason, stopped getting the showy roles, possibly because of Errol Flynn. Edward Everett Horton is excellent as his manservant. The supporting cast, including Lionel Atwill, Melville Cooper, Fritz Leiber, and Marie Wilson are all wonderful. Lana Turner has a tiny role as one of the maids. Olivia DeHavilland is luminously beautiful in a true ingénue role, done before Warners realized what a wonderful actress they had in her.

Very entertaining, and a good chance to see a very young DeHavilland and Aherne shine.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD now available directly from Warner Home Video! simonhowson
Discuss The Great Garrick (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?