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on 19 May 2009
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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on 14 March 2014
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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on 11 February 2015
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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on 3 August 2017
ace
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on 6 June 2015
Still enjoyable, but a bit dated.
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VINE VOICEon 26 April 2010
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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on 23 March 2014
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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on 9 October 2010
Rex Harrison plays a thinking man's "Alfie" in this enduring love tale from generations passed. Undoubtedly a "feel good" production for the masses, made at a time when doom and gloom were all about the world, (Nothing much ever changes does it!) Full of a stiff upperlipped well-spoken cast, (As usual,) but none the less, this film was well loved and is always good to see again.
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on 25 July 2015
good as expected
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on 8 February 2016
great
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