Major Barbara (film)
|Directed by||Gabriel Pascal|
|Produced by||Gabriel Pascal|
|Written by||George Bernard Shaw
Anatole de Grunwald
|Music by||William Walton|
|Edited by||David Lean
|Gabriel Pascal Productions|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors(UK)
United Artists (USA, theatrical) The Criterion Collection (DVD, 2010)
|Release date(s)||2 August 1941|
|Running time||131 min.|
Major Barbara is a 1941 British film starring Wendy Hiller and Rex Harrison. The film was produced and directed by Gabriel Pascal and edited by David Lean. It was adapted for the screen by Marjorie Deans and Anatole de Grunwald, based on the 1905 stage play Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw. It was both a critical and financial success.
In this social satire, Barbara Undershaft (Hiller), an idealistic major in the Salvation Army, is deeply troubled by the fact that her father, Andrew Undershaft (Robert Morley), is a wealthy weapons manufacturer. Meanwhile, Andrew is looking for an heir for his industrial empire, in particular a foundling like himself.
Major Barbara was filmed in London during The Blitz bombing of 1941. During air raids, the crew and cast had to repeatedly dodge into bomb shelters. The film's producer-director, Pascal, never stopped the production and the film was completed on schedule.
- Wendy Hiller as Major Barbara Undershaft
- Rex Harrison as Adolphus Cusins
- Robert Morley as Andrew Undershaft
- Robert Newton as Bill Walker
- Sybil Thorndike as The General
- Emlyn Williams as Snobby Price
- Stanley Holloway as Policeman
- Donald Calthrop as Peter Shirley
- Marie Lohr as Lady Britomart
- Marie Ault as Rummy Mitchens
- Penelope Dudley-Ward as Sarah Undershaft
- Walter Hudd as Stephen Undershaft
- David Tree as Charles Lomax
- Deborah Kerr as Jenny Hill
- Valerie Pascal. The Disciple and His Devil. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1970.
- The Great British Films, pp 59–62, Jerry Vermilye, 1978, Citadel Press, ISBN 0-8065-0661-X