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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 »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Aldous Huxley (screen play), Jane Murfin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Elizabeth Bennet
Laurence Olivier ... Mr. Darcy
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Bennet
Edna May Oliver ... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Bennet
Ann Rutherford ... Lydia Bennet
Frieda Inescort ... Miss Bingley
Edmund Gwenn ... Mr. Bennet
Karen Morley ... Mrs. Collins
Heather Angel ... Kitty Bennet
Marsha Hunt ... Mary Bennet
Melville Cooper ... Mr. Collins
Edward Ashley ... Mr. Wickham
Bruce Lester ... Mr. Bingley
E.E. Clive ... Sir William Lucas
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más fuerte que el orgullo See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In August 1939, The Hollywood Reporter announced that George Cukor would direct Robert Donat opposite Norma Shearer, and that MGM was considering making the movie in England. The start of the war in Europe in September 1939 soon caused the closure of MGM's operations in England, however. Cukor, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was replaced by Robert Z. Leonard because of a scheduling conflict with his assignment on Susan and God (1940). See more »

Goofs

Although the film is apparently still set in the time of the original book, the 1810s the costumes are in the style of the 1830s. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Bennet: Mary, try to sparkle a little.
[Mary grins horribly]
Mrs. Bennet: Just a little!
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Opening credits prologue: It happened in OLD ENGLAND . . . . in the village of Meryton . . . . See more »

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Version of Lost in Austen (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
(pub. 1886) (uncredited)
from "Pictures at an Exhibition"
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Not True to the Book - But Who Cares?
20 May 2005 | by dana-green-1See all my reviews

This film is really just 'based on' the novel and enthusiastically takes liberties with the costumes, characters, time period, etc. But if you can set aside your expectations of accuracy, and imagine this film as a stand-alone piece, you won't be disappointed. After all, if the basic Pyramus and Thisbe romance can be remade and reworked a hundred different ways, why shouldn't Bennet and Darcy? Aldous Huxley's screenplay is razor sharp, the plot gallops along, the characters are wisecracking and witty, and though I have probably watched this film more often than any other film I own, It still feels fresh and surprisingly modern. Only 'His Girl Friday' can best the deliciously quick dialog Huxley penned for his female lead.


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