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The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)





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First filmed in 1934 with Norma Shearer, Fredric March and Charles Laughton, Rudolf Bessier's stage hit The Barretts of Wimpole Street was lavishly remade in CinemaScope and Metrocolor in 1957. This time around, Jennifer Jones stars as the beautiful invalid Elizabeth Barrett, who lives under the despotic rule of her Victorian-era father Edward Moulton Barrett (John Gielgud). Literally swept off her feet by dashing, romantic poet Robert Browning (Bill Travers), Elizabeth's hopes for happiness are dashed by her autocratic, implicitly incestuous father until Browning takes decisive action. Virginia McKenna, wife of star Bill Travers, plays Elizabeth's rebellious sister Henrietta. The Barretts of Wimpole Street was the final directorial effort of Sidney Franklin, who also helmed the 1934 version.

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Jennifer Jones
as Elizabeth Barrett
Bill Travers
as Robert Browning
John Gielgud
as Edward Moulton-Barrett
Vernon Gray
as Capt. Surtees Cook
Leslie Phillips
as Harry Bevan
Laurence Naismith
as Dr. Chambers
Moultrie Kelsall
as Dr. Ford-Waterlow
Keith Baxter
as Charles
Brian Smith
as Septimus
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One of history's favorite true romances gets a twice-over-heavily in this lavish remake of the 1934 success, with Jennifer Jones as the frail Elizabeth Barrett.

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