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Berkeley Square (1933)

A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

John L. Balderston (play), Sonya Levien (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Howard ... Peter Standish
Heather Angel ... Helen Pettigrew
Valerie Taylor ... Kate Pettigrew
Irene Browne ... Lady Ann Pettigrew
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Barwick
Colin Keith-Johnston ... Tom Pettigrew
Alan Mowbray ... Major Clinton
Juliette Compton ... Duchess of Devonshire
Betty Lawford ... Marjorie Trant
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Mr. Throstle
Samuel S. Hinds ... American Ambassador (as Samuel Hinds)
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Sir Joshua Reynolds
David Torrence ... Lord Stanley
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Storyline

Peter Standish has just inherited a house on Berkeley Square in London from a distant cousin, he unsure why it was given to him. It isn't until he moves in that he discovers a special bond with the house. Upon the discovery of further artifacts, including a detailed diary, of his relatives who had previously lived there does Peter believe that he is destined to walk into the house at 5:30pm this afternoon to assume the life of one of those ancestors, also named Peter Standish, an American soldier in Washington's army, on this day one hundred forty nine years ago - 1784 shortly after the American Revolution - it the first day that that Peter Standish walked into the house for the first time. Then, it was the home of Standish's distant cousins, the Pettigrews - Lady Ann and her three offspring Tom, Kate and Helen - Kate who would become Mrs. Standish in an arranged marriage. Peter believes he knows what he should do so as not to change history by the details listed in Standish's diary. ... Written by Huggo

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Fantasy | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La plaza de Berkeley See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story was partially based on "The Sense of the Past," an unfinished novel by Henry James. See more »

Quotes

Peter Standish: A new Fire of London, that's what's needed here. Yes, and a new Plague too. Dirt, disease, cruelty, smells - Lord, how the eighteenth century stinks!
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Version of Berkeley Square (1959) See more »

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Composed by François-Joseph Gossec
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Great enthusiasm for a 66-year old film.
10 June 1999 | by Grady-8See all my reviews

"Berkeley Square" is similar in theme to Jack Finney's "Time and Again." A present day American is transported back to the home of his ancestors in London, during the American Revolution. He knows, of course, what will hap- pen and even falls in love with one of his female ancestors. An old film but a terrific one, with Leslie Howard and Heather Angel.


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