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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 »

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(novel) (as Thackeray), (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:
... Becky Sharp
... Amelia Sedley
... Marquis of Steyne
... Lady Bareacres
... Miss Crawley
... Joseph Sedley
... Rawdon Crawley
G.P. Huntley ... George Osborne (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
William Stack ... Pitt Crawley
George Hassell ... Sir Pitt Crawley
... Duke of Wellington
... Gen. Tufto
... Duchess of Richmond
... William Dobbin
... 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:

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Release Date:

28 June 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lady of Fortune  »

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Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Color:

(Cinecolor) (re-release prints)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Being the first three-strip Technicolor film, the color at the time did not look too realistic; one critic commented that the cast looked like boiled salmon dipped in mayonnaise. 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 »

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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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Bitterly hysterical

Miriam Hopkins delivers a great performance as a nonchalant woman who cheats her way through society before finding out that what goes around comes around, and of course she must find a way to redeem herself. The color in this film looks a lot better than most people of the day describes it as. And I think the guy who said the color looked like "boiled salmon dipped in mayonese" has had a little too much mayonese. Altogether, I highly recommend this film for anyone who can't seem to find a good movie to watch, because this is the one!


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