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The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Sidney Franklin and produced by Irving Thalberg.

Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressNorma ShearerNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
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The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

By Beatrice on Jun 26, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Barretts of Wimpole Street Directed by Sidney Franklin Written by Ernest Vajda, Colleen West, and Donald Ogden Stewart from a play by Rudolph Besler 1934/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/FilmStruck This rather pedestrian story of the romance between two ?poets is enlivened by the performa... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET (1934)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 15, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Once upon a time, the romance of Victorian poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning was one of the world’s most celebrated love stories, although today it’s a tale that only English majors with a particular interest in the 19th century are likely to know well. The Barretts of Wimpole ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET (1934)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 15, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Once upon a time, the romance of Victorian poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning was one of the world’s most celebrated love stories, although today it’s a tale that only English majors with a particular interest in the 19th century are likely to know well. The Barretts of Wimpole ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET (1934)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 15, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Once upon a time, the romance of Victorian poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning was one of the world’s most celebrated love stories, although today it’s a tale that only English majors with a particular interest in the 19th century are likely to know well. The Barretts of Wimpole ... Read full article


DVD Review: The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

on Mar 6, 2014 From True Classics

Well, this was not what I expected. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) is the film adaptation of the Broadway hit production by the same name, and should not be confused with the 1957 version, which was word-for-word, scene for scene, the exact same film with a different cast. This film is a rath... Read full article


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Quotes from

Henrietta Barrett: Papa, please. I'm not a bad girl, I swear I'm not, only I love him, I love him. He's a good man, it can't be wrong to love him. I want love, I can't live without love. Oh Papa, remember how you loved Mama and how she loved you!


Edward Moulton-Barrett: Elizabeth, give me your Bible.
Elizabeth Barrett: My Bible belonged to Mama. I can't have it used for such a purpose.
Edward Moulton-Barrett: Give me your Bible.
Elizabeth Barrett: No.
Edward Moulton-Barrett: You refuse?
Elizabeth Barrett: Yes.


Robert Browning: [about one of his poems] When that passage was written, only God and Robert Browning understood it. Now, only God understands it!


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Facts about

The Barretts of Wimpole Street opened at the Empire Theater (New York) on February 9, 1931 and ran for 370 performances. The opening night cast included Katharine Cornell as Elizabeth Barrett, Brian Aherne as Robert Browning and Charles Waldron as Edward Moulton-Barrett. There were 2 Broadway revivals, in 1935 and 1945, also starring Cornell and Aherne in both. Flush, a Dog, was in all 3 productions, as well as in this movie and the 1957 remake, but they were probably at least two different dogs.
When producer Irving Thalberg cast his wife, Norma Shearer, in the role of Elizabeth Barrett, William Randolph Hearst was enraged that his protégé, Marion Davies, was not given the role. So Hearst pulled Davies out of MGM and placed her with Warner Brothers for the remainder of her career, and for over a year the name "Norma Shearer" did not appear in any Hearst newspapers.
Concerned about the public's reaction, the disturbing subplot about Father Barrett's incestuous designs on his daughter was toned down by the studio. However, Charles Laughton famously remarked that they couldn't censor the "gleam" in his eye.
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