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Release Date:
April 1951 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Forced to retire from an English public school. a disliked professor must confront his utter failures as a teacher, a husband, and a man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"A Profoundly Moving Film" See more (49 total) »

Cast

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Michael Redgrave ... Andrew Crocker-Harris
Jean Kent ... Millie Crocker-Harris
Nigel Patrick ... Frank Hunter

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... 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 Harold ... Rev. Williamson
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)
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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:U | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (1987) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15027)
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Trivia:
Redgrave was 43 when he made the film, the exact age that Crocker-Harris was supposed to be.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...See more »
Movie Connections:
References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 5See more »

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65 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
"A Profoundly Moving Film", 9 March 2001
Author: hernebay from London, England

With a screenplay by the author of the play on which it is based (Terence Rattigan), "The Browning Version", although it records the manners and morals of an age and social milieu that have now vanished, remains a powerful and deeply moving film, its essential insights intact, and of continued relevance to our own time.

Arthur Crocker-Harris (Michael Redgrave) is a master at an English public school. Once a brilliant young classicist and a promising poet, he has turned into a desiccated, unfeeling and spiteful pedant, despised by his colleagues and feared by his pupils. Ill-health has prompted his early retirement, but it is apparent that his departure will go unmourned, in contrast to that of his attractive and personable young wife (Jean Kent), who is well-liked by all.

The genius of this remarkable film consists in the effortless skill with which it inverts the viewer's initial perceptions. Dismissed as outdated and irrelevant after the Angry Young Men of the mid 50s rendered his middle-class scenarios unfashionable, Rattigan was a master technician of drama, and his dialogue and pacing are faultless. Michael Redgrave was born to play the role of Crocker-Harris, to which he brings a restraint and control that render his performance all the more affecting. Asquith shows remarkable judgment in refusing to manipulate the viewer's emotions with a schmaltzy soundtrack (except for a burst of Beethoven at the end, there is no music). In the event this is unnecessary. It is a rare film that moves me to tears, but "The Browning Version" wins this distinction. Do not waste your time on the 1994 re-make.

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