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Becky Sharp (1935)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 28 June 1935 (USA)
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Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" ... See full summary »

Directors:

Rouben Mamoulian, Lowell Sherman (uncredited)

Writers:

William Makepeace Thackeray (novel) (as Thackeray), Langdon Mitchell (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Hopkins ... Becky Sharp
Frances Dee ... Amelia Sedley
Cedric Hardwicke ... Marquis of Steyne
Billie Burke ... Lady Bareacres
Alison Skipworth ... Miss Crawley
Nigel Bruce ... Joseph Sedley
Alan Mowbray ... Rawdon Crawley
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... George Osborne (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
William Stack William Stack ... Pitt Crawley
George Hassell George Hassell ... Sir Pitt Crawley
William Faversham ... Duke of Wellington
Charles Richman ... Gen. Tufto
Doris Lloyd ... Duchess of Richmond
Colin Tapley ... William Dobbin
Leonard Mudie ... Tarquin
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Storyline

Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class. Becky manages to insinuate herself in Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends. From this possibly auspicious- beginning, she manages to ruin her own life, becoming sick, broke, and lonely, and also ruins the lives of many other "loved ones". In the movie we get to see the class distinctions in England at the time, and get a sense of what it was like for the English military at the time of the Napoleonic wars. Written by Lisa Grable

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanity Fair See more »

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Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

In the final scenes, Becky is living in a drab furnished room that is clearly shown to be on the second floor. However, once in the room, a look through a window shows people walking on the street - at the same level as the room itself. See more »

Alternate Versions

An early public domain video release of "Becky Sharp" is in black-and-white and runs 59 minutes. Reissue prints from a 1943 re-release run 67 minutes, and were produced in an inferior Cinecolor process. This reissue version remained the only version available for viewing until the original 83-minute Technicolor release was restored in 1984. See more »

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Soundtracks

Young Molly Who Lives at the Foot of the Hill
(1760) (uncredited)
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Sung by Miriam Hopkins at the cabaret
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The first movie to be shot in glorious three-strip Technicolor!
1 June 2009 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

This film is set around the Battle of Waterloo (1815).But more than the Napoleonic wars, the film tells about a social climber called Becky Sharp and all the men she meets.Rouben Mamoulian's Becky Sharp from 1935 was the first feature film to use the three-strip Technicolor process.The film was originally going to be directed by Lowell Sherman, but he died of pneumonia early in the filming.The film is based on the play by Langdon Mitchell, which in turn is based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair.Miriam Hopkins (nominated for Oscar) does a great job playing Becky Sharp.Frances Dee plays Amelia Sedley, Becky's upper-class friend at school.Nigel Bruce portrays her brother Joseph, who has something going on with Becky.Cedrick Hardwick plays Marquis of Steyne, who also has something going on with Becky.And so does Rawdon Crawley, who's portrayed by Alan Mowbray.Alison Skipworth is Miss Crawley.William Stack plays Pitt Crawley.George Hassell is Sir Pitt Crawley.Billie Burke portrays Lady Bareacres.Also in this movie you can see Pat Nixon, Richard Nixon's wife, as Ballroom dance extra.G.P. Huntley is George Osborne.This may not represent Hollywood at its most classic, but it does have its moments.It can be comical, like when Becky starts as a governess for Pitt Crawley's wild children.Or it can be dramatic, like when the war comes to the ball.And there's some great use of shadows.


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