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Pride and Prejudice Details

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Long before 19th-century novelist Jane Austen became a hot property in Hollywood, MGM produced this opulent and entertaining adaptation of one of Austen's best-known novels. The elegant and slyly satirical comedy of manners gets under way when socially conscious Mrs. Bennet (Mary Boland), with the begrudging assistance of her husband (Edmund Gwenn), begins seeking out suitable (and suitably wealthy) husbands for her five daughters: Elizabeth (Greer Garson), Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), Lydia (Ann Rutherford), Kitty (Heather Angel), and Mary (Marsha Hunt). One of the least likely matrimonial prospects is Mr. Darcy (Laurence Olivier), a rich, handsome, but cynical and boorish young man. Naturally, Elizabeth Bennet, the strongest-willed of the Bennet girls, is immediately fascinated by him, and she sets out to land him -- but only on her own terms, and only after she has exacted a bit of genteel revenge for his calculated indifference to her. Though Austen's novel was set in 1813, the year of its publication, the film version takes place in 1835, reportedly so as to take advantage of the more attractive costume designs of that period. Not surprisingly, a few changes had to be made to mollify the Hollywood censors (eager to find offense in the most innocent of material): the most notable is the character of Mr. Collins (Melville Cooper), transformed from the book's hypocritical clergyman to the film's standard-issue opportunist. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Groesse Best Black and White Art Direction 1940 Winner
National Board of Review Greer Garson Best Acting 1940 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Black and White Art Direction 1940 Winner

Cast

Greer Garson
as Elizabeth Bennet
Laurence Olivier
as Mr. Darcy
Mary Boland
as Mrs. Bennet
Edna May Oliver
as Catherine de Bourgh
Edmund Gwenn
as Mr. Bennet
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Jane Bennet
Ann Rutherford
as Lydia Bennet
Frieda Inescort
as Miss Caroline Bingley
Karen Morley
as Mrs. Collins
Heather Angel
as Kitty Bennet
Marsha Hunt
as Mary Bennet
Edward Ashley
as Mr. Wickham
Melville Cooper
as Mr. Collins
Marten Lamont
as Mr. Denny
E.E. Clive
as Sir William Lucas
May Beatty
as Mrs. Phillips
Claud Allister
as Yardgoods Clerk
Clara Reid
as Maid in Parsonage
Wyndham Standing
Claud Allister
as Yardgoods Clerk
Clara Reid
as Maid in Parsonage

Crew

Robert Z. Leonard
Director
Hunt Stromberg
Producer
Jane Austen
Book Author
Helen Jerome
Play Author
Jane Murfin
Screenwriter
Karl W. Freund
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Groesse
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Gile Steele
Costume Designer
Adrian
Costume Designer
Ernst Matray
Choreography
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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