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The Browning Version
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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:
The crowning version. See more (49 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 ... 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)

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:
The opening theme music behind the credits is Arnold Bax's finale to the score for David Lean's 1948 film version of "Oliver Twist".See more »
Quotes:
Andrew Crocker-Harris:You see, my dear Hunter, she is really quite as much to be pitied as I am. We are both of us interesting subjects for your microscope, hmmm! Oh, both of us needing something from the other to make life supportable for us... and neither of us able to give it. Two kinds of love, hers and mine. Worlds apart! Oh, I know now, but back when I married her, I did not think that they were incompatible, nor, I suppose, did she.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
FinaleSee more »

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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The crowning version., 3 July 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

I do not think the 1994 remake is so appalling.But it cannot hold a candle to this one,for sure,though.Part of the reason can be found,IMHO,in how the two directors deal with the main character.THe color version gambles on Albert Finney's performance and overlooks the rest of the cast which is not that much exciting in the first place (M.Modine is rather bland).Here ,the whole cast is outstanding ,from the young guy who plays the student to Jean Kent,a bitchy wife ,from Nigel Patrick's bewildered science teacher who becomes a human being during the movie to Wilfrid Hyde-White's (whatever a precedent user's view on the matter)mischievous,suave and finally cruel headmaster.

Of course Michael Redgrave steals the show ,but he gets good support all along the way.His performance is subdued,but emotionally intense ,and if you do not shed a tear during his final speech,you must have a heart of stone.The black and white cinematography and the stifling atmosphere give the tragedy the three unities (place,time and action) and an inventive directing makes us forget it's a play,like in the best Mankiewicz works.

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