8.2/10
3,551
54 user 27 critic

The Browning Version (1951)

Passed | | Drama | 6 April 1951 (UK)
Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

Director:

Writers:

(by), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, Michael Denison
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In pre-WWI England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, and his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Robert Donat, Cedric Hardwicke, Basil Radford
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, John McCallum
Pygmalion (1938)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Victorian dialect expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

Directors: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard
Stars: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, Jane Darwell
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Trevor Howard
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...

Director: John Huston
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An MP who had been reportedly killed in action during the war, unexpectedly returns to his family, only to find that his wife has been persuaded to take his seat in the House of Commons.

Director: Compton Bennett
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Valerie Hobson, Flora Robson
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Dr. Frobisher (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Brian Smith ...
...
Ronald Howard ...
Paul Medland ...
Ivan Samson ...
Josephine Middleton ...
...
Carstairs
Sarah Lawson ...
Betty Carstairs
Scott Harrold ...
Rev. Williamson (as Scott Harold)
...
Mrs. Williamson
Edit

Storyline

Andrew Crocker-Harris, a classics teacher at an English school, is afflicted with a heart ailment and an unfaithful wife. His interest in his pupils wanes as he looks towards his final days in employment. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

school | teacher | student | love | boy | See All (78) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 April 1951 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Konflikt des Herzens  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

An article in the April 9 1950 Sunday Times (Perth, Australia) reported that Margaret Lockwood was to play the role of 'Millie'. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Crocker-Harris: You must excuse me. I had prepared a speech, but I find now that I have nothing to say. Or rather, I have three very small words, but they are most deeply felt. They are these: I am sorry. I am sorry because I have failed to give you what you had the right to demand of me as your teacher: sympathy, encouragement, and humanity. I'm sorry because I have deserved the nickname of Himmler. And because, by so doing, I have degraded the noblest calling that a man can follow: the care and molding of ...
See more »

Connections

References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale
(uncredited)
from Oliver Twist (1948)
Music by Arnold Bax
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Life's bitter lessons - enjoyed.
27 October 1999 | by (Welwyn Garden City, England) – See all my reviews

I can't speak too highly of this movie, it's a personal favourite, almost up there with Waterfront. It includes incidentally a wonderful evocation of the English public (private) school of the immediate post-war era one of many pleasures. It's about the human condition (of course), the bitter lessons life has provided for the "Crock" (Redgrave). Once a brilliant scholar, he loses his way as a school master and is beset by failure on all fronts and hated by all the staff and pupils except the boy, Taplow, who he treats as unkindly as the rest. Redgrave gives the performance of a lifetime! For example, his entrance into the classroom is a shattering cinematic experience in itself, one of the great moments of the cinema, on a par with James Stewart starting up the engine of the plane in 'The Flight of the Phoenix'! Before he has even uttered a single word he has fleshed out the character so effectively that we instantly appreciate what an embittered swine he has become. I could rave on about this film at length! Other performances are great, even the cameos. The boy Taplow, Brian Smith especially. The headmaster, Wilfred Hyde-White was perhaps the only disappointment, seeming simply to play himself. And it's got a feel-good ending too, which might bring on a tear or two without jarring too much. Somehow get to see this film and then watch again and enjoy it even more.


23 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?