MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 32,222 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 352 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 Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 974 titles
created 09 Oct 2010
 
a list of 43 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
a list of 589 titles
created 12 May 2011
 
a list of 1152 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 10 Oct 2013
 

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... 

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
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
Whirlpool (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer
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
Swing Time (1936)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore
Hard to Get (1938)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When spoiled young heiress Maggie Richards tries to charge some gasoline at an auto camp run by Bill Davis, he makes her work out her bill by making beds. Resolving to get even, she ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Charles Winninger
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Millie comes to town in the roaring twenties to encounter flappers, sexuality and white slavers.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters - Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann - who live with him and his sister, the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Claude Rains, John Garfield, Jeffrey Lynn
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An actor of the stage finds himself pursued by a lovestruck fan while trying to patch up a tempestuous relationship with his actress lover.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland
History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane
Bridal Suite (1939)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An American playboy dumps his greedy finace and ends up marrying a woman from the alps.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Annabella, Robert Young, Walter Connolly
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

'Henry O'Neill' is listed in studio records for the role "Sir Joshua Reynolds". Although the character is mentioned, he is not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

There is a candelabra with full new candles in Garrick/ Germaine's room at the Adam and Eve Inn in the first Comedie Francaise sword fight. They are lopped off by the fighters. When the sword fighters come back the room to re-do the sword fight (a short time later) the candles have been restored to brand new. 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 (1913) 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

 
THE GREAT GARRICK (James Whale, 1937) ***
17 February 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

With every new Whale film I watch, it's becoming increasingly evident that it's not just his horror output that was unique; this one, in fact – the director's sole effort for Warner Bros. – feels nothing like any of their productions!

The title would seem to suggest a biopic of the celebrated English actor – many similar prestige films emerged from Hollywood during this time, such as THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936) and THE GREAT WALTZ (1938) – but Whale and screenwriter Ernest Vajda concentrate instead on one curious incident (the fact that it never actually occurred is immaterial). Most of the director's typical qualities – and faults – are to be found in the film: his eye for pictorial detail (accentuated by Anton Grot's distinctive set design), the fluid camera-work (courtesy of Ernest Haller), the dry English humor, etc. However, he also tends to over-indulge his character actors (which, this being essentially a celebration of the art of performing, is hardly surprising in this case) and, consequently, the film's initial momentum isn't sustained throughout – the second half is somewhat chaotic and ham-fisted – but picks up again for the splendid finale. Nevertheless, Whale biographer James Curtis considers THE GREAT GARRICK his last wholly satisfying film – which, actually, makes me look forward all the more to watching THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (1939) someday given its own solid reputation!

Inevitably, the cast has been carefully and most ably chosen: the underrated Brian Aherne is superb in the title role, while it's always a pleasure to see Edward Everett Horton (playing nervous and cowardly as always); among the endless list of supporting actors, perhaps the most impressive are Etienne Girardot (funny and poignant as an elderly stage prompter and Garrick's most devoted fan) and Luis Alberni (a specialist in servant roles relishing his one-shot opportunity at essaying the showier part of a lunatic); in contrast, demure Olivia De Havilland – a Warners contract player – feels somewhat lost in such company, to the point where additional close-ups were imposed by the studio (notably the unwarranted and corny final shot).

This stylish and delightful gem is truly one of the unsung films about the acting profession, in every way a worthy companion piece to such major works as Marcel Carne''s CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1945) and Jean Renoir's THE GOLDEN COACH (1952). Unfortunately, the audio on the DVD-R I watched (made from a TCM broadcast) was occasionally accompanied by a distracting echo; given Warners' recent DVD release of Whale's WATERLOO BRIDGE (1931) – as part of the "Forbidden Hollywood" set – and the rumored one for SHOWBOAT (1936) – along with two other cinematic adaptations of the popular musical – I hope that THE GREAT GARRICK won't be left behind (after all, those two films were actually Universal productions which became the property of Warners solely by virtue of the MGM remakes!).


7 of 10 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:
?