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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

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.


Elizabeth Barrett: Robert, have you ever thought that my strength may break down on the journey?
Robert Browning: It had occurred to me, yes.
Elizabeth Barrett: Supposing I were to die on your hands?
Robert Browning: Are you afraid, Ba?
Elizabeth Barrett: Afraid. You should know that I would rather die with you beside me than live a hundred lives without you. But how would you feel if I were to die? And what would the world say of you?
Robert Browning: I should be branded as a little better than a murderer. What I should feel... I leave you to imagine.
Elizabeth Barrett: And yet you ask me to come with you?
Robert Browning: Yes. I am prepared to risk your life, much more my own, to get you out of that dreadful house and into the sun and to have you for my wife.
Elizabeth Barrett: You love me like that?
Robert Browning: I love you like that.


Robert Browning: I'm a very modest man.
[pause]
Robert Browning: I am, really.


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Facts about

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.
The first performance of the play was at the Malvern Festival in England on 20 August 1930. It then opened in London, England on 23 September 1930.
A modern source lists Robert Bolder in the role of "Old Man" and Margaret Seddon as cast members, but they were not seen in the movie.
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