The Barretts of Wimpole Street

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Slow, deliberate, dull, and Irving Thalberg's favourite director, Franklin fittingly turned to production after Thalberg's death in 1936. This MGM prestige version of the love of Elizabeth Barrett (Shearer) and Robert Browning (March) is, as one would expect, high on production values and low on atmosphere and excitement. Even Laughton as Elizabeth's demented father does little to raise the spirits. All of which is rather surprising considering Franklin's obvious attachment to the project. In 1957, he returned briefly to directing, after a twenty year absence, with another version, once again with the producer's wife (Jennifer Jones/Selznick this time) as Elizabeth.

By: PH


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Sidney Franklin
Ernst Vajda, Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart
Norma Shearer
Fredric March
Charles Laughton
Maureen O'Sullivan
Ralph Forbes
Una O'Connor
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