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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 1940 (USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

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Marten Lamont ...
Mr. Denny
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Sir William Lucas
Marjorie Wood ...
Lady Lucas
May Beatty ...
Mrs. Philips
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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult. Written by Snow Leopard

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The Gayest Comedy Hit of the Screen! Five Gorgeous Beauties on a Mad-Cap Manhunt! With the Stars of "Mr. Chips" and "Rebecca"...and a Superb Cast! See more »

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26 July 1940 (USA)  »

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Más fuerte que el orgullo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

This film sparked a large interest in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. At least five editions of the novel were printed to coincide with the film's release. In less than a decade after the film's release, the novel had grown so popular that it had gone through twenty-one printings. See more »

Goofs

At one point, Mr Darcy suggests to Elizabeth that they should "call it quits". There is no recorded instance of this expression before 1851, decades after the film is set. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte: Well, ignorance is bliss!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: It happened in OLD ENGLAND . . . . in the village of Meryton . . . . See more »

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Version of De vier dochters Bennet (1961) See more »

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Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
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Traditional English folk melody
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Not True to the Book - But Who Cares?
20 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is really just 'based on' the novel and enthusiastically takes liberties with the costumes, characters, time period, etc. But if you can set aside your expectations of accuracy, and imagine this film as a stand-alone piece, you won't be disappointed. After all, if the basic Pyramus and Thisbe romance can be remade and reworked a hundred different ways, why shouldn't Bennet and Darcy? Aldous Huxley's screenplay is razor sharp, the plot gallops along, the characters are wisecracking and witty, and though I have probably watched this film more often than any other film I own, It still feels fresh and surprisingly modern. Only 'His Girl Friday' can best the deliciously quick dialog Huxley penned for his female lead.


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