Berkeley Square (1933 film)

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Summary

A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.

Details

  • Release Date: 1933
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Romance, black-and-white
  • Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
  • Starring: Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor
  • Director: Frank Lloyd
  • Writer: John L. Balderston (play), John L. Balderston (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Fox Film Corporation
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Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (roughly equivalent to a modern G)

"Family-friendly" by even 1930s standards, though, admittedly, few modern young viewers are likely to have the patience to sit through any film from this era, let alone a fantasy/romantic-comedy.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Really, this is largely "Lovecraftian" only in the sense that Lovecraft seems to have enjoyed this film immensely. With this film's themes of time travel back to an era that Lovecraft seems to have felt suited him better than his own, it is perhaps unsurprising that the author found it appealing. One might detect some vague similarities to "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (fiction)" and "The Shadow Out of Time (fiction)".

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • H.P. Lovecraft: "It is the most weirdly perfect embodiment of my own moods and pseudo-memories that I have ever seen--for all my life I have felt as if I might wake up out of this dream of an idiotic Victorian age and insane jazz age into the sane reality of 1760 or 1770 or 1780... the age of the white steeples and fanlighted doorways of the ancient hill, and of the long-ſ'd books of the old dark attic trunk-room at 454 Angell Street. God Save the King!"


Synopsis

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In 1930s London, American architect Peter Standish grows obsessed with the details of his ancestor Peter, reading his diary and studying details of his inheritance. Noting that it is the 149th anniversary of the former Peter's arrival at the home of his intended, Peter is sure if he goes to the house at the same moment his ancestor did, he will travel back in time. When his prediction comes true, Peter finds himself in 1784, upsetting the household and possibly his own future.


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