Berkeley Square (1933): Lloyd’s Time Travel Tale, Starring Leslie Howard in Oscar Nominated Performance

Frank Lloyd directed Berkeley Square, a Pre-Code fantasy drama, starring Leslie Howard and Heather Angel.

Berkeley Square
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Berkeley Square (1933) Leslie Howard, Netty Lawford

The tale centers on young American Peter Standish, played by Leslie Howard (nominated for the Best Actor for a role he had played on Broadway), who’s transported back to London after the American Revolution, where he meets his ancestors.

The script was based on the play of the same name by John L. Balderston, itself loosely based on the incomplete novel The Sense of the Past by Henry James.

Greeted with mixed reviews, the movie was a box-office failure.

The film was remade in 1951 as The House in the Square (aka I’ll Never Forget You), starring Tyrone Power and Ann Blyth.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Actor: Leslie Howard

Oscar Context

The Best Actor Oscar went to another British actor, Charles Laughton, for The Private Life of Henry VIII.


Leslie Howard as Peter Standish
Heather Angel as Helen Pettigrew
Valerie Taylor as Kate Pettigrew
Irene Browne as Lady Ann Pettigrew
Beryl Mercer as Mrs. Barwick
Colin Keith-Johnston as Tom Pettigrew
Alan Mowbray as Major Clinton
Juliette Compton as Duchess of Devonshire
Betty Lawford as Marjorie Frant
Ferdinand Gottschalk as Mr. Throstle
Samuel Hinds as The American Ambassador
Olaf Hytten as Sir Joshua Reynolds
David Torrence as Lord Stanley

Directed by Frank Lloyd
Screenplay by Sonya Levien, John L. Balderston, based on Berkeley Square 1926 play by John L. Balderston and 1917 novel
The Sense of the Past by Henry James
Produced by Jesse L. Lasky
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Edited by Harold D. Schuster
Music by Louis De Francesco

Distributed by Fox Film Corporation

Release date: September 13, 1933 (New York)

Running time: 85 minutes