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Director:
Writers:
Aldous Huxley (screen play) and
Jane Murfin (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
26 July 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
The original is the best See more (117 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Edward Ashley ... Mr. Wickham
Marten Lamont ... Mr. Denny

E.E. Clive ... Sir William Lucas
Marjorie Wood ... Lady Lucas
May Beatty ... Mrs. Philips

Greer Garson ... Elizabeth Bennet

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Bennet

Ann Rutherford ... Lydia Bennet

Marsha Hunt ... Mary Bennet

Heather Angel ... Kitty Bennet

Mary Boland ... Mrs. Bennet

Edmund Gwenn ... Mr. Bennet

Laurence Olivier ... Mr. Darcy

Frieda Inescort ... Miss Bingley
Bruce Lester ... Mr. Bingley

Edna May Oliver ... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Gia Kent ... Anne de Bourgh

Melville Cooper ... Mr. Collins

Karen Morley ... Mrs. Collins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... Committeeman (uncredited)

Claud Allister ... Mr. Beck (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Flunky (uncredited)
Art Berry Sr. ... Footman (uncredited)

Barlowe Borland ... Dr. MacIntosh (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ... Capt. Carter (uncredited)

Elspeth Dudgeon ... Mrs. King (uncredited)

Frank Elliott ... Mathews (uncredited)
Hugh Greenwood ... Canon Stubbs (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Poet (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... School Boy (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Logan ... Mrs. Stubbs (uncredited)
Louis Payne ... Mr. Phillips (uncredited)
Clara Reid ... Maid in Parsonage (uncredited)

Buster Slaven ... Beck's Assistant (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Col. Fitzwilliam (uncredited)

Wyndham Standing ... Committeeman (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Groom (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
 
Writing credits
Aldous Huxley (screen play) and
Jane Murfin (screen play)

Jane Austen (novel)

Helen Jerome (based upon the dramatization of Jane Austen's novel written by)

Victor Heerman  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Sarah Y. Mason  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Tess Slesinger  contributing writer (uncredited)
John Van Druten  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... make-up creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Keith Weeks .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Wagner .... photographer: forest scenes (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gile Steele .... costumes: men's
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Matray .... dance director
George Richelavie .... technical adviser
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #6235) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
According to Edward Maeder, Adrian, the costume designer, asked director Robert Z. Leonard to place the film in a later time period than that of the novel so that the costumes might be more opulent than those of Jane Austen's time.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Although the film is apparently still set in the time of the original book, the 1810s the costumes are in the style of the 1830s.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Bennett:An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins. And I will never see you again if you do.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "De vier dochters Bennet" (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op. 34/2See more »

FAQ

Why was Collins named heir to Longbourn instead of Bennets' daughters?
What was the card game that Bingham and Darcy were playing?
Is 'Pride and Prejudice' based on a book?
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48 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
The original is the best, 22 May 2003
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

Pride and Prejudice is a familiar story - if not read in high school literature class, one can see the theme in dozens of other films: A meddling mother tries to marry off her daughter(s) to "suitable" man, the man and woman fight and all turns out at the end with mayhem ensuing between the first and final acts.

There have been several versions of Pride and Prejudice, two of which I had seen before this film and after viewing the 1940 version starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier it is clear that this is the standard. Is there a better actor than Olivier in these period dramas? And Greer Garson is radiant as Elizabeth. Their performances and the pace of the film is such that while I knew the story I was still sucked into the romance and laughter - not an easy task for a hard-core cynic like me. This movie garnered 4 stars and for good reason - if you are looking for a charming, witty and romantic film, this is a must-see.

--Shelly

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