Major Barbara

George Bernard Shaw collaborated on the screenplay of this straightforward adaptation of his 1905 comedy about the daughter of a munitions tycoon (Hiller) who joins the army - the Salvation Army, that is - pursued by an amorous professor of Greek (Harrison). There is plenty to relish, notably Newton and Morley hamming it up (as, respectively, the rumbustious Bill Walker and the overbearing tycoon), and Deborah Kerr in her debut; but it does tend to just sit there. It was David Lean's first shot at directing, but producer Pascal helmed the bulk of it.

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Cast and crew

Director: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, David Lean
Screenwriter: George Bernard Shaw
Cast: Wendy Hiller
Rex Harrison
Robert Morley
Robert Newton
Emlyn Williams
David Tree
Marie Löhr
Sybil Thorndike
Deborah Kerr