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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

After the tremendous success of the short La Cucaracha (1934), John Hay Whitney and his cousin Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney formed Pioneer Pictures to produce color films, of which this was the first. 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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Featured in Visions of Light (1992) See more »

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Young Molly Who Lives at the Foot of the Hill
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Sung by Miriam Hopkins at the cabaret
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(Techni)colorful dialogue
23 August 2002 | by rsyungSee all my reviews

I just had the pleasure of seeing the restored version of "Becky Sharp", and, like others who had taped this back in the bad old days of nearly monochromatic, public domain copies of this title, the improvement amounts to seeing an entirely different film. The use of color was striking and surprisingly well considered. As a writer, I found the dialogue delightfully rich in the manner of what were admittedly more sophisticated films of the 30's. Make no mistake, other than the admirable use of 3-strip Technicolor on its first feature film outing, this is no masterpiece--Mamoulian's name in the credits notwithstanding. But compared to today, with dialogue now largely dismissed as unnecessary to filmed "entertainment", it was brilliant. I could finally hear 90% of it, whereas in the old Cinecolor print, most of it was unintelligible. What pains me is that audiences seem unable (or unwilling) to enjoy dialogue that was meant to be listened to and appreciated on its own account. I heard nary a chuckle during any the witty ripostes of which Beck Sharp has its(and her) fair share of. A shame.


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