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Major Barbara 1941

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Social comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. Barbara Undershaft (Wendy Hiller) is the idealistic daughter of a wealthy munitions manufacturer. A Major in the Salvation Army, she is devoted to a crusade against capitalists such as her father, and has little time for the romantic intentions of love-struck Greek professor Adolphus (Rex Harrison). She is shocked when the Army accepts a large donation from her father, and hands back her uniform. There are further surprises in store when she agrees to take a tour of his factory...

Starring:
Rex Harrison, Wendy Hiller
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Rex Harrison, Wendy Hiller, Robert Morley, Deborah Kerr
Director Gabriel Pascal
Genres Drama
Studio SECOND SIGHT FILMS LTD.
Rental release 6 August 2007
Main languages English

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Together with 'Pygmalion' (1938) Pygmalion [1938] [DVD] this version of 'Major Barbara' is probably the best screen adaptation of a play by George Bernard Shaw. Made in 1941, it received Shaw's personal blessing and features fine performances from a legion of great British actors, including Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Deborah Kerr (in her film debut), Emlyn Williams and Robert Newton. The story itself centres on the relationship between a wealthy munitions manufacturer and his idealistic daughter who is a major in the Salvation Army. As well as boasting such a superb cast, this film features a magnificent list of names among the technical credits, including: David Lean (just before he made his official directorial debut on 'In Which We serve'), cameraman Ronald Neame, composer William Walton and costume designer Cecil Beaton. This Janus/Second Sight DVD presentation runs just under two hours and there are no extras or special features (except a scene selection facility). This thoroughly enjoyable, and thought provoking, entertainment was one of the most polished films to be made in wartime Britain.
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While I was delighted to see this film again with its wonderful direction and choice of actors, while The Salvation Army still does a fabulous job and we have quite a large munitions business but this time mainly much more technical, this film is dated by the ll llcostumes and the design of costumes and sets, Shaw's words are stiill as powerfu las ever but in need of changing to the modern day. It ws strange to believe that the music was composed by William Walton w hich would have fitted a more modrern production. I emember seeing this film in the cinema like The Palatine in West Didsbury when pictures were changed twice a week.
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Super 1941 film. There are so many lost gems out there and this is one of them. Wendy Hiller is a super actress of her time - remember her in Sailor of The King, for example, made some years later. Also, look out for a very young Deborah Kerr! So, if you are into black and white 1940's films, buy it and don't be disappointed.
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i thought it was wonderful
seeing rex harrison banging a large drum was a joy in itself
interesting film of an older london and a iron foundry
super cecil beaton costumes and wonderful sets
a meaningful story about providing work not charity
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2010
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First came on this movie while reading "The Arms of Krupp" by William Manchester the paragraph that mentions this film is:

"Yet war ministers abroad were still very much aware of the family. So were the critics, as George Bernard Shaw demonstrated brilliantly in December 1905 when his "Major Barbra", a thinly veiled satire largely based on the Krupp's, opened in London. In the play Barbara is substituted for Bertha, the head munitions family is named Sir Andrew Undershoot, and Bertha-Barbara is given a pacifist brother called Stephen."

The movie its self has some "Major" actors as Windy Hiller, Rex Harrison, and Robert Morley.

The Arms of Krupp
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