MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,207 this week

Quality Street (1937)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  26 March 1937 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 642 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 6 critic

In the 1810s, an old maid poses as her own niece in order to teach her onetime beau a lesson.

Director:

Writers:

(by), (screen play), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 10 May 2011
 
a list of 191 titles
created 23 Dec 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 17 Mar 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 20 May 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Quality Street" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Quality Street (1937)

Quality Street (1937) on IMDb 6.4/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Quality Street.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Life is a Sunday in the park for Aurelia, a dotty Parisian countess. But sooner or later, Aurelia had to find out about the so-called sane world. Join her in a whimsical look at a ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Oskar Homolka
The Corn Is Green (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A strong-willed teacher, determined to educate the poor and illiterate youth of an impoverished Welsh village, discovers one student whom she believes to have the seeds of genius in him.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A society girl tries to reform her playboy husband by making him jealous.

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles
Laura Lansing Slept Here (TV Movie 1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Each of Katharine Hepburn's 1980s TV movies was heralded as the lady's last-ever appearance.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Karen Austin, Brenda Forbes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A well-to-do Connecticut family is upended when the grown daughter's godparents, seized by a nameless terror, decide they've come to live with them.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield, Lee Remick
Summertime (1955)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X." After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An actress becomes an alcoholic after being jilted. She is aided by an Alcoholics Anonymous member with whom she has an affair; however, he is married.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland, Teresa Wright
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A fresh young beauty becomes an old maid waiting for her suitor to return from the Napoleonic wars. When he returns, clearly disappointed, she disguises herself as her own niece in order to test his loyalty.

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel, Helen Jerome Eddy
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold
Adam's Rib (1949)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Eric Blore ...
Recruiting Sergeant
Fay Bainter ...
Cora Witherspoon ...
...
Edit

Storyline

It's 1805 England, specifically on Quality Street, where a gentleman passerby is an event, not only for the lady being called upon, but also for the ever watching nosy female neighbors. Based on recent events, twenty year old Phoebe Throssel believes that a proposal of marriage from Dr. Valentine Brown is imminent. However, what Dr. Brown has come to tell Phoebe is that he has enlisted in the army to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, with no mention of any romantic feeling for her from his side. Fast forward ten years. Phoebe and her similarly older spinster sister Susan now run a school. The years and situation have not been kind to Phoebe, now thirty, drab and thus considered an unmarriable spinster. Upon Captain Brown's arrival back to Quality Street, he, by his immediate reaction to seeing Phoebe, too has noticed how Phoebe has changed from what he previously knew as a pretty young thing. Heartbroken, Phoebe, if only for herself, decides to regain some of her youth by paying attention... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

spinster | school | maid | niece | old maid | See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rua da Vaidade  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original Broadway play starred legendary actress Maude Adams. It opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre in New York on November 11, 1901 and ran for 64 performances. See more »

Connections

Version of Quality Street (1927) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
sweet film
23 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Quality Street" from 1937 stars Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, Fay Bainter, and Estelle Winwood. It's directed by George Stevens, who directed Hepburn later in Woman of the Year.

Hepburn plays Phoebe Throssel, a lovely young woman living with her spinster sister (Bainter) and surrounded by other spinsters who are neighbors in 1800. Phoebe is in love with one man, Valentine Brown -- as is pointed out in the film, other men have come calling, but Phoebe didn't want them.

Valentine, however, is off to the Napoleonic Wars. When he returns ten years later, Phoebe and her sister have opened a school in their home. Phoebe is embarrassed at being so exhausted and believes she has lost her looks. Nevertheless, Valentine wants her to attend the homecoming ball.

Phoebe, trying to prove something to herself, puts on a fancy dress and does her hair differently. When Valentine arrives, she introduces herself as Olivia ("Livvie"), Phoebe's niece. She gives him Phoebe's regrets, but she doesn't feel well. The two attend the ball together, where Livvy is surrounded by men. She believes that she now has a chance of Valentine proposing to Livvy. If only she can stay away from people who can expose her.

James Barrie wrote many plays that were performed by some of theater's biggest stars at the beginning of this century so it's no wonder Hollywood made it as a movie. It still retains many of its play-like qualities.

The character actors -- Bainter, Winwood, Eric Blore, are wonderful. Tone is very handsome though he doesn't have much to do. Though some might disagree, I felt Hepburn was somewhat miscast. Her portrayal of Phoebe/Livvie, though energetic, feels "put on" rather than organic. She was a tremendously strong actress but pulls back here - it doesn't seem natural.

The cast must have had a great deal of patience - Stevens, known as a very nice man, was known for having actors do 40 takes of one scene; it's one reason why Montgomery Clift never worked for him again after A Place in the Sun. He just didn't have the patience for it.

This is a charming, light film that looks stagy, but that shouldn't hurt your enjoyment of it.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
chick flick ksf-2
DVD now available directly from Warner Home Video! simonhowson
Estelle W ! ksf-2
Discuss Quality Street (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?