Becky Sharp (film)

Becky Sharp (film)

Infobox Film
name = Becky Sharp

image_size =
caption = Video Cover
director = Rouben Mamoulian
producer = Kenneth Macgowan
Rouben Mamoulian
writer = Story:
William Makepeace Thackeray
Langdon Mitchell
Francis Edward Faragoh
narrator =
starring = Miriam Hopkins
Frances Dee
Cedric Hardwicke
music = Roy Webb
cinematography = Ray Rennahan
editing = Archie Marshek
distributor = RKO
released = June 28, 1935
runtime = 84 minutes
country = USA
language = English
budget =
gross =
website =
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 English literature.

It stars Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke, Alison Skipworth, Nigel Bruce and Alan Mowbray.

Lowell Sherman, the original director, developed pneumonia early 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 Technicolor process.


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 (Billie Burke).

Finally, Sharp falls into the humiliation of singing for her meals in a beer hall. But, Becky never stays down for long.


* Miriam Hopkins as Becky Sharp
* Frances Dee as Amelia Sedley
* Cedric Hardwicke as Marquis of Steyne
* Billie Burke as Lady Bareacres
* Alison Skipworth as Miss Crawley
* Nigel Bruce as Joseph Sedley
* Alan Mowbray as Rawdon Crawley
* G.P. Huntley as George Osborne
* William Stack as Pitt Crawley
* George Hassell as Sir Pitt Crawley
* William Faversham as Duke of Wellington
* Charles Richman as Gen. Tufto
* Doris Lloyd as Duchess of Richmond
* Colin Tapley as Capt. William Dobbin
* Leonard Mudie as 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.


External links

* [ "Becky Sharp"] at "Film Reference" web site.

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