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The Browning Version (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 November 1951 (USA)
Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (by), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Redgrave ... Andrew Crocker-Harris
Jean Kent ... Millie Crocker-Harris
Nigel Patrick ... Frank Hunter
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Dr. Frobisher (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Brian Smith Brian Smith ... Taplow
Bill Travers ... Fletcher
Ronald Howard ... Gilbert
Paul Medland Paul Medland ... Wilson
Ivan Samson Ivan Samson ... Lord Baxter
Josephine Middleton Josephine Middleton ... Mrs. Frobisher
Peter Jones ... Carstairs
Sarah Lawson ... Betty Carstairs
Scott Harrold Scott Harrold ... Rev. Williamson (as Scott Harold)
Judith Furse ... Mrs. Williamson
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Storyline

Andrew Crocker-Harris, a classics teacher at an English school, is afflicted with a heart ailment and an unfaithful wife. His interest in his pupils wanes as he looks towards his final days in employment. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

An article in the April 9 1950 Sunday Times (Perth, Australia) reported that Margaret Lockwood was to play the role of 'Millie'. See more »

Quotes

Frobisher: A good chap, Hunter, in many ways but no sense of discipline and of course like all scientists a trifle narrow minded.
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Connections

Version of Skuggan av en man (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale
(uncredited)
from Oliver Twist (1948)
Music by Arnold Bax
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The crowning version.
3 July 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I do not think the 1994 remake is so appalling.But it cannot hold a candle to this one,for sure,though.Part of the reason can be found,IMHO,in how the two directors deal with the main character.THe color version gambles on Albert Finney's performance and overlooks the rest of the cast which is not that much exciting in the first place (M.Modine is rather bland).Here ,the whole cast is outstanding ,from the young guy who plays the student to Jean Kent,a bitchy wife ,from Nigel Patrick's bewildered science teacher who becomes a human being during the movie to Wilfrid Hyde-White's (whatever a precedent user's view on the matter)mischievous,suave and finally cruel headmaster.

Of course Michael Redgrave steals the show ,but he gets good support all along the way.His performance is subdued,but emotionally intense ,and if you do not shed a tear during his final speech,you must have a heart of stone.The black and white cinematography and the stifling atmosphere give the tragedy the three unities (place,time and action) and an inventive directing makes us forget it's a play,like in the best Mankiewicz works.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Konflikt des Herzens See more »

Filming Locations:

Dorset, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Javelin Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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