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The Browning Version
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Release Date:
6 April 1951 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Harrowing, troubling and cleansing See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Redgrave ... Andrew Crocker-Harris

Jean Kent ... Millie Crocker-Harris

Nigel Patrick ... Frank Hunter

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Dr. Frobisher (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Brian Smith ... Taplow

Bill Travers ... Fletcher
Ronald Howard ... Gilbert
Paul Medland ... Wilson
Ivan Samson ... Lord Baxter
Josephine Middleton ... Mrs. Frobisher
Peter Jones ... Carstairs
Sarah Lawson ... Betty Carstairs
Scott Harrold ... Rev. Williamson (as Scott Harold)

Judith Furse ... Mrs. Williamson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Caborne ... Boy in Upper 5th Science Class (uncredited)
Vivienne Gibson ... Mrs. Saunders (uncredited)
John Greenwood ... Gilbert's Senior Boy (uncredited)
Joan Haythorne ... Mrs. Wilson (uncredited)
Michael Newell ... Bryant (uncredited)
Brian Nissen ... Head Boy (uncredited)

Anton Rodgers ... Pupil (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Dora Sevening ... Mrs. Sanders (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... School Doorman (uncredited)
Ian Whittaker ... Pupil (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Asquith 
 
Writing credits
Terence Rattigan (by)

Terence Rattigan (screenplay)

Produced by
Teddy Baird .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
 
Makeup Department
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist (as W. Partleton)
 
Production Management
Andrew Allan .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Bert Batt .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Stanley Hosgood .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
Jack Stephens .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound recordist
Dino Di Campo .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
E.G. Daniels .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Davies .... first assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
C. Le Mesurier .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Dudley Messenger .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator (as Russell Thomson)
Cornel Lucas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Reginald H. Morris .... focus puller (uncredited)
Tony Young .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Caffin .... dress supervisor
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
Bob Rayner .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Sibley)
Arthur Alcott .... production controller (uncredited)
Ken Green .... publicity manager (uncredited)
Jean Hall .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Norman Hudis .... floor publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (1987) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15027)
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Trivia:
The title refers to a translation of "Agamemnon". Of the many such translations, one of Crocker-Harris' pupils gives him the version written by poet Robert Browning.See more »
Quotes:
Andrew Crocker-Harris:I may have been a brilliant scholar, but I was woefully ignorant of the facts of life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Das Abschiedsgeschenk (1962) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
FinaleSee more »

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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Harrowing, troubling and cleansing, 14 July 2005
Author: JekyllBoote-1 (JekyllBoote@aol.com) from London, England

Until a week ago I had never seen this film.

I was lent a videocassette of it (taped from the TV) by a friend who urged me to watch it. "But you must watch it alone", they stipulated.

I am not sure whether my friend's act was one of great kindness or great cruelty. I do know that watching the film was extremely harrowing and upsetting.

It is difficult to convey quite what is so troubling and disturbing about this film without giving the plot away, but I was unprepared, among other things, for the frankness about sexual matters in such an old film (especially the frankness regarding female sexuality). Given that Rattigan was himself a homosexual (albeit, in a pre-Wolfenden age, a closeted one), it is possible (indeed, possibly too easy) to perceive a homosexual subtext in the film, should one choose to. But it is not necessary.

At first I was half expecting something sentimental in the "Goodbye, Mr Chips" vein (and this is, indeed, ironically referred to in "The Browning Version"), but this film is no facile tear-jerker. I did not read the other IMDb reviews before watching the film, and I was unprepared for the shock to my system that this amazing film has delivered.

I am not sure that I can unreservedly recommend the film, if only because it is so deeply unsettling and emotionally raw. A film set in an English public school of the early 1950s suggests a world of emotions reined-in and denied. But the terrible crises that occur in "The Browning Version" expose real emotions in a way that, even now, is rare.

This film urgently needs to be made available on DVD. For those who can withstand the intensity of its onslaught, it constitutes a salutary emotional cleansing.

This is a beautiful, and perennially relevant film.

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