Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Robert Z Leonard (1940)

112min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Greer Garson was the unquestioned queen of the MGM lot. This was the first of her star vehicles to play New York's prestigious Radio City Music Hall, where she had more successes than any other movie star (except Cary Grant), in a run of movie hits spanning over a decade. This adaptation, co-scripted (with playwright Jane Murfin) by novelist Aldous Huxley, is set half a century in advance of the book's period, to take advantage of more glamorous costumes - a very MGM trick. Garson is a sprightly, lively Elizabeth Bennet, but Laurence Olivier, though dashing and handsome, seems slightly uncomfortable as Darcy; a Heathcliff in sheep's clothing. The supporting cast, notably Mary Boland's very funny Mrs Bennet and Maureen O'Sullivan as a very sweet-natured Jane, is utterly superb, and the art direction won an Oscar.

Summary

A couple are keen to find suitable husbands for their five daughters. When a wealthy gentleman and his friend arrive in the area, it leads to an encounter between headstrong daughter Elizabeth and aloof gentleman Mr Darcy, and their instant dislike gradually turns into an unexpected romance. Period drama based on Jane Austen's novel, starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson.

Cast & Crew

Elizabeth Bennet Greer Garson
Mr Darcy Laurence Olivier
Mrs Bennet Mary Boland
Lady Catherine de Bourgh Edna May Oliver
Jane Bennet Maureen O'Sullivan
Lydia Bennet Ann Rutherford
Miss Caroline Bingley Frieda Inescort
Mr Bennet Edmund Gwenn
Charlotte Lucas Karen Morley
Kitty Bennet Heather Angel
Mary Bennet Marsha Hunt
Mr Bingley Bruce Lester
Director Robert Z Leonard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video
Drama