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Becky Sharp (1935)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 28 June 1935 (USA)
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Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" ... See full summary »

Directors:

Rouben Mamoulian, Lowell Sherman (uncredited)

Writers:

William Makepeace Thackeray (novel) (as Thackeray), Langdon Mitchell (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Hopkins ... Becky Sharp
Frances Dee ... Amelia Sedley
Cedric Hardwicke ... Marquis of Steyne
Billie Burke ... Lady Bareacres
Alison Skipworth ... Miss Crawley
Nigel Bruce ... Joseph Sedley
Alan Mowbray ... Rawdon Crawley
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... George Osborne (as G.P. Huntley Jr.)
William Stack William Stack ... Pitt Crawley
George Hassell George Hassell ... Sir Pitt Crawley
William Faversham ... Duke of Wellington
Charles Richman ... Gen. Tufto
Doris Lloyd ... Duchess of Richmond
Colin Tapley ... William Dobbin
Leonard Mudie ... Tarquin
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Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class. Becky manages to insinuate herself in Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends. From this possibly auspicious- beginning, she manages to ruin her own life, becoming sick, broke, and lonely, and also ruins the lives of many other "loved ones". In the movie we get to see the class distinctions in England at the time, and get a sense of what it was like for the English military at the time of the Napoleonic wars. Written by Lisa Grable

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YOU WILL SEE HER TRANSFORMED BY THE WONDEROUS NEW TECHNICOLOR (Print Ad- Lodi News-Sentinel, ((Lodi, Calif.)) 20 July 1935)

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Fourth-billed Billie Burke appears in only one scene and has only two lines of dialog. See more »

Goofs

In the final scenes, Becky is living in a drab furnished room that is clearly shown to be on the second floor. However, once in the room, a look through a window shows people walking on the street - at the same level as the room itself. See more »

Quotes

Becky Sharp: To think of her going blind at her age and now she can't even recognize acquaintances. These are glass eyes you are wearing, aren't they? Perfect. Perfect. I do hope that they will continue to attract men.
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Alternate Versions

An early public domain video release of "Becky Sharp" is in black-and-white and runs 59 minutes. Reissue prints from a 1943 re-release run 67 minutes, and were produced in an inferior Cinecolor process. This reissue version remained the only version available for viewing until the original 83-minute Technicolor release was restored in 1984. See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Future of the Movies (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Young Molly Who Lives at the Foot of the Hill
(1760) (uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Miriam Hopkins at the cabaret
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User Reviews

Bitterly hysterical
1 January 2004 | by DrezzillaSee all my reviews

Miriam Hopkins delivers a great performance as a nonchalant woman who cheats her way through society before finding out that what goes around comes around, and of course she must find a way to redeem herself. The color in this film looks a lot better than most people of the day describes it as. And I think the guy who said the color looked like "boiled salmon dipped in mayonese" has had a little too much mayonese. Altogether, I highly recommend this film for anyone who can't seem to find a good movie to watch, because this is the one!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanity Fair See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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