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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 1940 (USA)
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

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Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Aldous Huxley (screen play), Jane Murfin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Elizabeth Bennet
Laurence Olivier ... Mr. Darcy
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Bennet
Edna May Oliver ... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Jane Bennet
Ann Rutherford ... Lydia Bennet
Frieda Inescort ... Miss Bingley
Edmund Gwenn ... Mr. Bennet
Karen Morley ... Mrs. Collins
Heather Angel ... Kitty Bennet
Marsha Hunt ... Mary Bennet
Melville Cooper ... Mr. Collins
Edward Ashley ... Mr. Wickham
Bruce Lester ... Mr. Bingley
E.E. Clive ... Sir William Lucas
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Storyline

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult. Written by Snow Leopard

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Más fuerte que el orgullo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Laurence Olivier was less than thrilled with the movie after production began, certain it would be a flop and complaining that key scenes were missing and that more attention was lavished on the costumes than the actors. See more »

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At the dance in Meryton, George Wickham remarks "Ah, polka mazurka!" However the dance music that is playing and continues to play is in triple time, typical of a waltz. The polka is invariably in 2-4 time. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Bennet: Mary, try to sparkle a little.
[Mary grins horribly]
Mrs. Bennet: Just a little!
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Opening credits prologue: It happened in OLD ENGLAND . . . . in the village of Meryton . . . . See more »

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Referenced in Cinema: Sir Laurence Olivier (1970) See more »

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Flow Gently Sweet Afton
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Music by Alexander Hume
Lyrics by Robert Burns (1786)
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The original is the best
22 May 2003 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

Pride and Prejudice is a familiar story - if not read in high school literature class, one can see the theme in dozens of other films: A meddling mother tries to marry off her daughter(s) to "suitable" man, the man and woman fight and all turns out at the end with mayhem ensuing between the first and final acts.

There have been several versions of Pride and Prejudice, two of which I had seen before this film and after viewing the 1940 version starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier it is clear that this is the standard. Is there a better actor than Olivier in these period dramas? And Greer Garson is radiant as Elizabeth. Their performances and the pace of the film is such that while I knew the story I was still sucked into the romance and laughter - not an easy task for a hard-core cynic like me. This movie garnered 4 stars and for good reason - if you are looking for a charming, witty and romantic film, this is a must-see.

--Shelly


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