Berkeley Square (1933) B
Adapted from John Balderston’s stage play (based on a story by Henry James), and directed by Frank Lloyd, “Berkeley Square” tells the story of a London scientist, Peter Standish, played by Leslie Howard in an Oscar-nominated performance, who is romantically fascinated by the 18th century.
An accident sends Peter back in time to 1784, where he assumes the identity of one of his own ancestors. Howard falls in love with his cousin Helen Pettigrew (Heather Angel), while his other relatives regard the time-traveller as a “sorcerer” due to his knowledge of future events.
Gradually, however, Peter is disillusioned by the squalor and bigotry of his favorite century. He leaves Helen, telling her that he will actually be born years after her death.
Returning to the present, Peter discovers that Helen died young and single. As a result, he determines to live as a bachelor, so that he can be reunited with his true love in death.
There’s an inferior 1951 remake, “I’ll Never Forget You,”starring Tyrone Power.
Running time: 87 Minutes.
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Screenplay: Sonya Levien and John L. Balderston, based on Balderston’s play.
Oscar Nominations: 1
Actor: Lelsie Howard
The winner of the Best Actor Oscar was Charles Laughton for “The Private Life of Henry VII.”
There were only 3 nominees in this category; the htird being Paul Muni for “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang.”
Leslie Howard as Peter Standish
Heather Angel as Helen Pettigrew
Valerie Taylor as Kate Pettigrew
Irene Browne as Lady Ann Pettigrew
Alan Mowbray as Major Clinton
Beryl Mercer as Mrs. Barwick
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