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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 »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Aldous Huxley (screen play), Jane Murfin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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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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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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When pretty girls t-e-a-s-e-d men into marriage... See more »

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Trivia

Although Jane Austen's novel was set in Regency England (late eighteenth to early nineteenth century), the period was set at a later time. This anachronism has been explained in a couple of ways. Those more favorably disposed to the studio system claim the styles of the Regency Period (when women's dresses resembled nightgowns) were thought too plain for public taste, so new gowns were created in the voluminous Victorian style of the 1830s to give it a more romantic flair. Others have pointed out that because MGM wasn't willing to put a huge budget behind the risky venture, costumes left over from Gone with the Wind (1939) were altered slightly and placed on background players to save money. New gowns in the same flouncy style were designed for the female leads. See more »

Goofs

In the first "Ball" scene, right after Elizabeth says to Jane, "My goodness, he does have an air about him.", the camera pans onto the dancers. If you watch the 4th girl from the camera (17: 50 minutes), when the women curtsy, #4 almost tips over and shoots a worried glance toward the director. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Darcy: I rather admired what you did this afternoon Miss Elizabeth. Your resentment of what you believe to be an injustice showed courage and loyalty. I could wish i might possess a friend who would defend me as ably as Mr. Wickham was defended today.
Mr. Bennett: At this moment it's difficult to believe that you're so proud.
Mr. Darcy: At this moment it's difficult to believe that you're so prejudiced.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: It happened in OLD ENGLAND . . . . in the village of Meryton . . . . See more »

Connections

Referenced in Great Performances: Laurence Olivier: A Life (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
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Traditional English folk melody
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Very Enjoyable (Despite Departures From the Novel)
20 November 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Viewed solely as a movie, this version of "Pride and Prejudice" is quite enjoyable, and has plenty of strengths. Since it was adapted from a stage play that was in turn based on the novel, it is perhaps inevitable that there would be a lot of differences from the original, both in the characters and in the events (plus a few anachronisms). Most of the time, these fit in all right with the story, but it is hard not to feel that it would have been an even better film if they had stayed closer to the original in the later parts. In all honesty, though, none of this prevents it from being a very good movie in its own right.

For the most part, the main story is the familiar one, following the hopes and anxieties of the Bennet family as they look for husbands for their five daughters. Greer Garson might be slightly different from the Elizabeth of the novel, but she is very appealing, and her character is quite effective. Laurence Olivier works very well as the prideful Darcy. Most of the supporting cast also is good, especially Edmund Gwenn as the perpetually bemused Mr. Bennet. It does a good job of illustrating the main themes in the relationships amongst the characters, while also providing many light and humorous moments. It's an entertaining and effective mix that makes it a satisfying movie despite the departures from the novel.


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