The Barretts of Wimpole Street

Synopsis: In 1845 London, the Barrett family is ruled with an iron fist by its stern widowed patriarch, Edward Moulton-Barrett. His nine grown children are afraid of him more than they love him. One of his rules is that none of his children are allowed to marry, which does not sit well with youngest daughter Henrietta as she loves and wants to marry Captain Surtees Cook. Of the nine, the one exception is his daughter Elizabeth, who abides faithfully to her father's wishes. Elizabeth does not think too much about the non-marriage rule as she has an unknown chronic illness which has kept her bedridden. She feels her life will not be a long one. With her time, she writes poetry, which she shares by correspondence with another young poet, Robert Browning. Elizabeth's outlook on her life changes when she meets Mr. Browning for the first time, he who has fallen in love with her without even having met her. She, in return, falls in love with him after their meeting. With Mr. Browning's love and support
Director(s): Sidney Franklin
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

The dreadful scene with papa.

He's there.

Oh, Ba, I wish you could see him.

So drawn. So soldierly.

I can imagine.

It's so mean. He'll wait there for hours.

Just hoping that I can slip out for a moment.

And so I will.

But Henrietta. Papa ?

Oh, I know.

It's dreadfully imprudent, dear. And not very ladylike.

I don't care.

I don't care ! I...

Hello, Ba dear. I've just cccome to see

how you are and to wwwish you good night.

Come in.

Come in, Henry.

Ba, my dear, how are you ?

Better, thank you.

How's our dear tonight

How's our dear Ba tonight ?


How are you, Ba ?

I do think you're looking a little better.

Do you think so ?

What do you say, Charles ?

What ?

Looking better. More herself.

Well, Septimus.

How's Ba tonight ?

The doctor's just been here

and I'm afraid he wasn't too pleased with you.

No ?

Not looking quite so well, is she, Albert ?

On the contrary, I think she's looking considerably better.

So does Charles. don't you, Charles ?

What ?

Come in, George.

My dear.

How's the world's greatest poetess ?

The world's greatest poetess is much better, thank you.

Hello, Flush, old chum.

Come in.

A note for Mr. George.

I wonder what's in the note.

A note ?

From the master, sir.

Thank you.

When papa starts sending out notes from his study...

... the crowds must draw. Read it for us !

Hear ye. Hear ye ! Hear ye ! This is undoubtedly a royal decree.

Given at our study at 50 Wimpole Street on this

the 19th day of November, 1845. God save papa !

What is it, George ?

You'll all be interested to learn that papa

is going to Plymouth on business this weekend...

And what ? Go on !

And that he's not expected to return for at least a fortnight.

George, will you Polk ?

Not a chance.

Well, I'll Polk.

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