The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1934
The Barretts of Wimpole Street is the story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's life at home and her escape to marry Robert Browning, the famous poet. Elizabeth was a sickly child and considered too delicate to live a normal life. Her father used this to keep her under him and seemed to have interest in her being his companion for life. Norma plays the part to perfection and truly embodies the character of the great female poet of the 19th century.
- Remade literally word-for-word and scene-for-scene by the very same director, Sidney Franklin, and by the same studio, MGM, in 1957.
- When producer Irving Thalberg cast his wife, Norma Shearer, in the role of Elizabeth Barrett, William Randolph Hearst was enraged that his protégé, Marion Davies, was not given the role. So Hearst pulled Davies out of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and placed her with Warner Brothers for the remainder of her career, and for over a year, the name "Norma Shearer" did not appear in any Hearst newspapers.
The cast includes:
- Norma Shearer .... Elizabeth Barrett
- Fredric March .... Robert Browning
- Charles Laughton .... Edward Moulton-Barrett
- Maureen O'Sullivan .... Henrietta Barrett
- Katharine Alexander .... Arabel Barrett
- Ralph Forbes ....Captain Surtees Cook
- Marion Clayton .... Bella Hedley
- Ian Wolfe .... Harry Bevan
- Ferdinand Munier .... Dr. Chambers
- Una O'Connor .... Wilson
- Leo G. Carroll .... Dr. Waterlow (as Leo Carroll)
- Vernon Downing .... Octavius Barrett
- Neville Clark .... Charles Barrett
- Matthew Smith .... George Barrett
- Robert Carleton .... Alfred Barrett