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Vanity Fair (1932)





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First filmed in 1911, William Makepeace Thackeray's satirical novel Vanity Fair has undergone several cinemadaptations, most memorably as the pioneering Technicolor feature Becky Sharp (1935). This 1932 version is perhaps the least known, probably because it has been updated to the 20th century and it isn't terribly good. In her first starring role, Myrna Loy plays the modernized Becky Sharp, a crafty lass who'll do anything to advance herself socially, even if it means romancing several older men whom she doesn't love. Going from rags to riches and back again several times, Becky continually bounces back, though the same cannot be said for many of her male companions. Of the large cast, the biggest surprise is former 2-reel comedy star Billy Bevan, who makes a surprisingly effective Joe Sedley (the character played in the 1935 Becky Sharp by Nigel Bruce). Not a classic by any means, Vanity Fair gets by on its curiosity value.


Myrna Loy
as Becky Sharp
Barbara Kent
as Amelia Sedley
Walter Byron
as George Osborne
Conway Tearle
as Rawdon Crawley
Billy Bevan
as Joseph Sedley
Montagu Love
as The Marquis of Steyne
Herbert Bunston
as Mr. Sedley
Mary Forbes
as Mrs. Sedley
Lionel Belmore
as Sir Pitt Crawley
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Modern dress version of Thackeray's tale is very dated but Myrna's good.

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