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Becky Sharp (1935)

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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:

Lady of Fortune 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 (Cinecolor) (re-release prints)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play by Langdon Mitchell, "Becky Sharp", opened in New York City, New York, USA on 12 September 1899 and had 116 performances. There were 3 revivals, the last in 1929. Another play with the title "Vanity Fair", by different authors opened in New York in 1911. 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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Edited into The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Young Molly Who Lives at the Foot of the Hill
(1760) (uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Miriam Hopkins at the cabaret
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I'm giving it an 8 for Hopkins and the color
27 July 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Becky Sharp (Miriam Hopkins) is a lower class girl who, through her upper class friend Amelia Sedley (Francis Dee), does her best to become an upper class woman herself...and do anything to get there.

Dull story with thudding dialogue (nobody ever talked like that) but I watched the whole thing. This movie has just two things going for it: Miriam Hopkins fantastic performance is one. She is playing a very unlikable character but she's so beautiful (in some shots she takes your breath away) and full of life that you can't help but root for her. The second thing is the groundbreaking use of color photography. I believe this is the first full-length feature to be filmed entirely in color. Director Rouben Mamoulian uses color creatively to express mood or show what a person is feeling or doing. I saw the restored print which has rich, beautiful colors. Even when the story was boring (which is often) with that lousy dialogue the colors and use of light and shadow kept me watching. With this film and the 1932 version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", Mamoulian created new rules in how to direct sequences and use settings, light and shadow. Sadly, he's forgotten today.

So, this is worth seeing only for Hopkins and the color. Don't watch it for the story or you'll be sadly disappointed.


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