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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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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 ... Taplow
Bill Travers ... Fletcher
Ronald Howard 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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1993, director Mike Figgis was dressing for a dinner party at the home of Ridley Scott's producer and happened to switch on this version of the Terence Rattigan play. He became so riveted that he arrived late to the party. He explained to his host the reason for his tardiness. His host said that, coincidentally, he himself had recently optioned the remake rights and was looking for a director. Figgis went on to direct the 1994 remake (The Browning Version (1994)) with Albert Finney. 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 ITV Play of the Week: The Browning Version (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Trumpet Voluntary
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Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Jerome King
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Fantastic.
19 November 2006 | by OllieZSee all my reviews

Michael Redgrave is wonderful in this film. To watch him in The Lady Vanishes, then to see him in this, it really is a testament to his acting versatility.

The story itself is utterly depressing, and shows little remorse. Though this is why the film is so brilliant. The atmosphere mixes that of the school and that of the Greek tragedy - namely Aeschylus' the Agamemnon. Coker-Harris is slowly broken down by his wife, which is similar to that of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. However, Coker-Harris has not done much wrong to warrant this hate and spite, which makes him a sympathetic and tragic character.

The film moves at a brisk pace and is not once boring. The acting is superb, the look efficient and makes for a superb film.


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