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A motion picture adaption of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice released in 1940.


Cast and Crew Edit

Greer Garson as Elizabeth Bennet

Laurence Oliver as Fitzwilliam Darcy

Mary Boland as Mrs. Bennet

Edna May Oliver as Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane Bennet

Ann Rutherford as Lydia Bennet

Frieda Insecort as Caroline Bingley

Edmund Gwenn as Mr. Bennet

Karen Morely as Charlotte Lucas

Heather Angel as Catherine Bennet

Marsha Hunt as Mary Bennet

Melville Cooper as William Collins

Edward Ashley Cooper as George Wickham

Directed by Robert Z. Leanord

Produced by Hunt Stromberg

Written by Jane Austen, Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, and Helen Jerome

Music by Herbert Stothart

Cinematography by Karl Freund

Editing by Robert Kern

Distributed by MGM

Origin Edit

According to "Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury," by Rebecca Dickson, this film adaption came about during conflict in the States about whether or not to aid Britain in World War II. Many in the States believed England to be a pompous, strict country which never strayed from their class distinctions. The movie opens with Mr. Darcy openly snubbing Elizabeth Bennet. His rationale behind this (as opposed to what it is in the book, being that she is "tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt" him) is that she is of the middle classes. Exactly America's stereotype of Britian at that time. However, as the story unfolds, these English become more caring than they seem at first. To (loosely) quote Rebecca Dickson, "The Americans aren't going overseas to save stuck-up aristocrats. They're going to help out that darling Lizzie Bennet and her chummy aunt-in-law Cathy Bourgh".

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