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Berkeley Square (1933)

Passed | | Fantasy, Romance | 15 September 1933 (USA)
A young American man comes to believe that he can will himself back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meet his ancestors, who lived in the house he has just inherited.

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 / Captain 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 ... The 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, although he is 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 of his ancestors who had previously lived there, including a detailed diary, Peter comes to believe that he is destined to walk into the house at 5:30pm on September 3rd to assume the life of one of those ancestors. That man, also named Peter Standish, was an American officer in Washington's army who walked into the house for the first time at the same moment on the same day 149 years earlier in 1784, shortly after the American Revolution. Then, it was the home of Standish's distant cousins, the Pettigrews - Lady Ann and her three offspring Tom, Helen and 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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Genres:

Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

In the 18th century, the word Okay (ok) was not used. See more »

Quotes

Kate Pettigrew: Peter Standish came from New York in the 'General Wolfe'. His body stands there. But what have you done with him? You've stolen his body... what have you done with his soul?
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Connections

Version of Berkeley Square (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

John Brown's Body
(uncredited)
American folk song
Performed by Leslie Howard
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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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