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I'll Never Forget You (1951)

The House in the Square (original title)
A scientist obsessed with the past transports himself back in time to 18th-century London, where he falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

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Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Peter Standish
Ann Blyth ... Helen Pettigrew / Martha Forsyth
Michael Rennie ... Roger Forsyth
Dennis Price ... Tom Pettigrew
Beatrice Campbell Beatrice Campbell ... Kate Pettigrew
Kathleen Byron ... Duchess of Devonshire
Raymond Huntley ... Mr. Throstle
Irene Browne ... Lady Anne Pettigrew
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Storyline

An American physicist, Peter Standish, lives in London in an inherited flat on Berkeley Square, unchanged from its 18th century appearance. He's researched his ancestors and the flat, and he believes somehow he will travel through time, if only briefly, to 1784. A lightning strike transports him, and he finds things disturbingly different than he expected: disease and social conditions appall him, and, in this Age of Reason, his speech, manners, and knowledge frighten rather than interest all except one young woman, Helen, the sister of the woman he's to marry. He sets up a laboratory in the hopes of hastening progress, and he tells her his secret. Does love or Bedlam await? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'll Never Forget You See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Berkeley Square" (on which the film was based) opened at the Lyceum Theater on November 4, 1929, ran for 229 performances. See more »

Goofs

At about 1:05:30 into the DVD (Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection, Disk 5), Peter Standish says to Helen "When I kissed Kate ..." -- but he hasn't yet kissed Kate in the movie. In fact, his relationship with Kate has been rather frosty, except for their opening meeting -- and even then they did not kiss. So he has has nothing to explain to Helen. Perhaps there was originally a scene where Peter and Kate kissed to solidify their engagement, and that scene was cut from the final film. In any case, the absence of any such scene creates an apparent continuity blunder. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Throstle: [to Peter] There is a smell of brimstone about you.
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Connections

Version of Studio One in Hollywood: Berkeley Square (1949) See more »

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Haunting and Memorable
30 August 2002 | by jeffhill1See all my reviews

I haven't forgotten this movie even though haven't seen it in

almost 40 years. Tyrone Power plays a man unhappy with his own era in

human time while being almost obsessed with 18th century England.

Somehow, he knows that, due to a lightning bolt or something, he is

going to trade places with a man from the 18th century. And he is

delighted at the prospect of being transported to the era of charm,

grace, and sophistication and exchange wisdoms and witticisms with such

greats as Ben Johnson in a London coffee house. When the time switch

happens, he discovers that the times weren't what they were cracked up

to be. The streets are foul. The coffee shop conversationalists are

pompous and depressingly ignorant of certain fundamentals (to a 20th

century man) of science, geography, and even philosophical essentials

of the dignity of mankind. And instead of himself being received as a

man blessed with advance scientific knowledge, he is perceived to be

both an agent of Satan and insane. Meanwhile, of course, he meets the alter ego of the woman he knew in

the 20th century and a tender, haunting love story envelops the viewer.


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