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)