The Barretts of Wimpole Street [DVD] [1934]

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Synopsis

The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Based on a successful stage drama, this historical romance stars Norma Shearer as Elizabeth Barrett, an invalid largely confined to her bed. Elizabeth has little company beyond her dog and her obsessively protective father, Edward Moulton Barrett (Charles Laughton). Her one great passion and means of emotional escape is writing poetry, to which she devotes a large part of her days. She makes the acquaintance of fellow poet Robert Browning (Fredric March), who pays her a visit. They respect each others' literary abilities and become romantically attracted to each other. Robert asks for Elizabeth's hand in marriage, but Edward refuses to allow it. Elizabeth must battle her father for the right to live her own life, but eventually she is able to wed Robert and bring herself back to health. Director Sidney A. Franklin also helmed a remake of The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957); it was his last film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Norma Shearer
    Norma Shearer - Elizabeth Barrett
  • Fredric March
    Fredric March - Robert Browning
  • Charles Laughton
    Charles Laughton - Edward Moulton Barrett
  • Maureen O'Sullivan
    Maureen O'Sullivan - Henrietta Barrett
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    Katherine Alexander - Arabel Barrett
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