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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 1940 (USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elizabeth Bennet
... Mr. Darcy
... Mrs. Bennet
... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
... Jane Bennet
... Lydia Bennet
... Miss Bingley
... Mr. Bennet
... Mrs. Collins
... Kitty Bennet
... Mary Bennet
... Mr. Collins
... Mr. Wickham
... Mr. Bingley
... Sir William Lucas
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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult. Written by Snow Leopard

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. See more »

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Más fuerte que el orgullo  »

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Trivia

At the age of 36 at the time of production, Greer Garson was nearly twice as old as Elizabeth in Jane Austen's novel. The literary Elizabeth was 20. See more »

Goofs

In the first "Ball" scene, right after Elizabeth says to Jane, "My goodness, he does have an air about him.", the camera pans onto the dancers. If you watch the 4th girl from the camera (17: 50 minutes), when the women curtsy, #4 almost tips over and shoots a worried glance toward the director. See more »

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Mr. Bennet: Well, we're hoping Elizabeth can manage to catch a cold of her own and stay long enough to get engaged to Mr. Darcy. Then, if a good snowstorm could be arranged, we'd send Kitty over. But if a young man should happen to be in the house - a young man who likes singing, of course, who can discuss philosophy - Mary could go. Then, if a dashing young soldier in a handsome uniform should appear for Lydia, everything would be perfect, my dear.
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Opening credits prologue: It happened in OLD ENGLAND . . . . in the village of Meryton . . . . See more »

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Referenced in Great Performances: Laurence Olivier: A Life (1983) See more »

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Flow Gently Sweet Afton
(1786) (uncredited)
Music by Alexander Hume
Lyrics by Robert Burns (1786)
Performed by Marsha Hunt
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Good for Hollywood
25 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Like most early Hollywood films based on classic novels, the script alters the novel considerably, but not as much as much as they usually were. As it happens, even with the changes this is a charming and endearing film.

Mary Boland as Mrs. Bennet, Edna May Oliver as Lady Catherine De Burgh, and Melville Cooper as Mr. Collins eat the scenery in their respective roles. They give some of the best supporting player performances that I ever remember seeing in early films. They manage to steal scenes from the greatest actor of the 20th century and making him look good at the same time!

Maureen O'Sullivan is charming as Jane, but of course Greer Garson is fabulous as Elizabeth even if she doesn't fit my idea of Elizabeth.

I recommend this movie highly as a nice addition to any classical movie collection.


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