- Becky Sharp (film)
name = Becky Sharp
caption = Video Cover
writer = Story:
William Makepeace Thackeray Langdon Mitchell
Francis Edward Faragoh
Miriam Hopkins Frances Dee Cedric Hardwicke
editing = Archie Marshek
June 28, 1935
runtime = 84 minutes
country = USA
language = English
amg_id = 1:4552
imdb_id = 0026104
"Becky Sharp" is an American film released in 1935 and directed by
Rouben Mamoulian. [imdb title|id=0026104.] It is based on the play of the same name by Langdon Mitchell, which in turn is based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel " Vanity Fair". The screenplay was written by Francis Edward Faragoh.
It tells the story of a lower-class girl who insinuates herself into an upper class family, only to see her life and the lives of those around her destroyed. The ruthless, self-willed and beautiful Becky is one of the most famous characters in
Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke, Alison Skipworth, Nigel Bruceand Alan Mowbray.
Lowell Sherman, the original director, developed
pneumoniaearly in filming, and had to leave the production. His replacement, Mamoulian, scrapped all of the original footage and started over.
"Becky Sharp" was the first feature length film to use the three-strip
The film tells of social climber Becky Sharp (
Miriam Hopkins), an English young lady who manages to survive during the years following Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.
In her efforts to advance herself, she manages to link up with a number of gentlemen: the Marquis of Steyne (
Cedric Hardwicke), Joseph Sedley ( Nigel Bruce), Rawdon Crawley ( Alan Mowbray), and George Osborne (G. P. Huntley Jr).
She rises to the top of British society and becomes the scourge of the social circle, offending the other ladies such as Lady Bareacres (
Finally, Sharp falls into the humiliation of singing for her meals in a beer hall. But, Becky never stays down for long.
Miriam Hopkinsas Becky Sharp
Frances Deeas Amelia Sedley
Cedric Hardwickeas Marquis of Steyne
Billie Burkeas Lady Bareacres
Alison Skipworthas Miss Crawley
Nigel Bruceas Joseph Sedley
Alan Mowbrayas Rawdon Crawley
* G.P. Huntley as George Osborne
* William Stack as Pitt Crawley
* George Hassell as Sir Pitt Crawley
William Favershamas Duke of Wellington
* Charles Richman as Gen. Tufto
* Doris Lloyd as Duchess of Richmond
Colin Tapleyas Capt. William Dobbin
Leonard Mudieas Tarquin
Venice Film Festival: Best Color Film, Rouben Mamoulian; 1935.
* Venice Film Festival: Mussolini Cup, Rouben Mamoulian; 1935.
Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Miriam Hopkins; 1936.
* [http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Aw-Be/Becky-Sharp.html "Becky Sharp"] at "Film Reference" web site.
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