Review: ‘Berkeley Square’

Berkeley Square is an imaginative, beautiful and well-handled production.

Berkeley Square is an imaginative, beautiful and well-handled production.

The atmosphere of Berkeley Square, London, is resurrected almost perfectly, as it is today, and presumably as it was in the 18th century. There’s a devotion to detail and atmospherics that is almost painfully exacting.

Leslie Howard in the same role he played on the stage (he produced the stage play [by John L. Balderston] himself) is as near perfection as can be hoped for in screen characterization. The rest of the cast is more than adequate.

Story of Berkeley Square is still another variation on Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Where Twain used the idea of flashing a character into another century for fun. However, Balderston takes the thing very seriously. Balderston’s character, Peter Standish (Howard) moves back into a spot used by one of his forefathers and falls in love with a gal of that period. It’s a new kind of love story.

Heather Angel, as the girl, turns in a splendid performance.

1932/33: Nomination: Best Actor (Leslie Howard)

Berkeley Square

Production

Fox. Director Frank Lloyd; Producer Jesse L. Lasky; Screenplay Sonya Levien, John L. Balderston; Camera Ernest Palmer; Music Louis De Francesco (dir.); Art Director William Darling

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Leslie Howard Heather Angel Valerie Taylor Irene Browne Alan Mowbray Juliette Compton
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