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Barretts of Wimpole Street [VHS]
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The story in actual fact is simple and straight forward and details the romance that blossoms between Elizabeth, an invalid in her domineering father's house, and acclaimed poet Robert Browning. The friendship that first develops via letters grows into a consuming love affair after the two finally meet and through the love and devotion that Elizabeth receives we witness a rapid improvement in her health where she begins to enjoy life and begins going out into the world.Read more ›
DON'T get or even be bothered with the pasty Jennifer Jones remake. This is the genuine article, with a stellar performance by Charles Laughton as the Father You Love to Hate. Laughton's performance really should be up there as one of the most despicable Hollywood villians EVER filned! Compare him to any James Bond villian and I think you might just agree. He is perfectly horrible; a snake willing to eat his own young. There is a scene (towards the end of the movie) between him and Norma Shearer, that even with 1930's Hollywood Production Code subtly, will still give you the creeps.
The chemistry between Shearer and March is enchanting. You really do care about these two lonely, bright, creative people connecting. Maureen O'Sullivan (Mia Farrow's mom) is wonderful as Elizabth's sister, who really gets the romantic ball rolling. The costumes are lovely and the director's choice to keep the film mostly confined to invalid Elizabeth's bedroom is quietly brilliant.
While is is a stagey film, as many of Shearer's movies are, I believe it holds up extremely well. It is more than worth a look-see and is a fine addition to a classic film buff's library.
Also, it's a pretty good chick flick for coffee, chocolates and converssation!
Elizabeth writes poetry to escape her dreary world, and she corresponds with another poet, Robert Browning (Fredric March). Their poetry draws them closer and closer to one another until finally Robert decides he has to meet her face to face. Robert's charm is almost overwhelming for the frail Elizabeth, but she agrees to let him visit again. Because of his visits she makes herself get out of bed and walk, and over time she begins to regain her health. What started out as a friendship blossoms into love, and Elizabeth and Robert vow to marry one another no matter what the obstacles they face. Elizabeth's jealous father quickly tries to put a stop to their relationship, but their's is a love that won't be stopped by ANY obstacle!
This wonderful movie was the first Norma Shearer film I'd ever seen, and her angelic beauty as well as her amazing talent made me an instant fan. Her chemistry with Fredric March was totally convincing, and as for March he was fantastic as usual. Oh, and look no furthur for Charles Laughton's most unlikable screen character, because this is it!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've enjoyed this movie since I was a kid. The Father was a control freak, but the daughter realizes that he is mentally deranged, and she escapes his tyranny. Good flick.Published on January 23, 2014 by Susan J. Palmer
Recently saw this on Turner Classics and wanted to have it, especially for Charles Laughton's performance in it! Movie was delivered promptly and I am very satisfied.Published on August 19, 2013 by M. Cacace
I love this movie but this product isn't worth $5o.oo. I hope to return it.
This movie is so entertaining compared to new movies of today, that I will enjoy sharing it with my young friends. It is indeed a classic. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Jan Knox
"The Barretts of Wimpole Street" is a 1934 bio flick about the romance between poets Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer) and Robert Browning (Frederic March). Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Dr. James Gardner
amazing story, amazing acting, amazing movie. Not to be missed. You might need subtitiles to understand.Published on August 26, 2010 by Judith
Charles Laughton was so creepy as the father that I was glued to the TV. I got chills at his evilness. Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by Paula
This beautiful production from the early 1930's of a dark shadow hanging over the promise of glorious love and happiness is perhaps Norma Shearer's lovliest performance. Read morePublished on June 25, 2007 by Bobby Underwood
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