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The Browning Version (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 6 April 1951 (UK)
Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

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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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Terence Rattigan's original one-act play ended with Crocker-Harris telling the headmaster that he wished to speak last at the closing ceremony. His apologetic speech to the students was written by Rattigan especially for the screen. See more »

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Andrew Crocker-Harris: I may have been a brilliant scholar, but I was woefully ignorant of the facts of life.
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References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

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Symphony No. 5
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Kenneth Essex
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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One of the finest performances ever committed to film
11 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

As the dry-as-dust, cuckolded public schoolmaster, dying of heart disease, yet heartless in the eyes of his pupils, Michael Redgrave gives one of the screen's finest and most moving performances in Anthony Asquith's superb screen version of Terence Rattigan's play. (Rattigan himself wrote the economical, precise and first-rate screenplay). The rest of the cast act in that arch, fastidious fashion prevalent in British films of the time, though that fine and under-valued actor Nigel Patrick breathes considerable life into the role of the adulterous but penitent science teacher while Jean Kent is superbly treacherous as the unfaithful wife.

As a director, Asquith never really displayed much in the way of a visual sensibility, relying instead on the quality of his scripts but he still managed to make some of the best British films of the period, this being one of them. Although well-played the Albert Finney remake doesn't come close.


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