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Berkeley Square(1933)


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Leslie Howard co-produced, directed and starred in the 1929 London production of John L. Balderston's play (6 March 1929), as well as the Broadway production (4 November 1929). Valerie Taylor and Irene Browne also reprised their roles from the Broadway production for this film. After the picture's opening credits, there is a written statement reading: "How many of us have wished that we might escape from the dull reality of the present into the glamor and romance of yesterday? But if we could journey back into the mystery of the past, should we find contentment-or unhappiness?" According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Arthur Bryon was originally cast as the American ambassador. Although Margaret Clancy is listed as editor in a final shooting script dated April 5, 1933 in the Twentieth Century-Fox Producted Scripts Collection, also at UCLA, Harold Schuster is credited as editor in material dated after the film was produced. It is not known if Clancy actually worked on the film. Howard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the film was named one of the ten best pictures of 1934 in the Film Daily poll of critics. Howard and Helen Chandler performed the play on a Lux Radio Theater broadcast in December 1934. On March 3, 1949, David Niven starred in a radio broadcast on the story on The Hallmark Playhouse. In 1951, Ray Baker directed Tyrone Power and Ann Blyth in I'll Never Forget You, which was Twentieth Century-Fox's remake of this film. Among the television dramatizations of Berkeley Square are: a March 20, 1949 version directed by Paul Nickell and starring William Prince and Leueen MacGrath; a February 13, 1951 show directed by Donald Davis and starring Richard Greene and Grace Kelly; and a February 5, 1959 presentation directed by George Schaefer and starring John Kerr and Edna Best.