The Browning Version

Synopsis: Andrew Crocker-Harris, a classics teacher at an English school, is afflicted with a heart ailment and an unfaithful wife. His interest in his pupils wanes as he looks towards his final days in employment.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anthony Asquith
Production: Criterion Collection
  Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination.
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90 min

[ Bell Tolling ]

[ Organ ]

[ Tolling Ends ]

[ Ends ]

[ Man ]

And here, sir, is Bishop Walter's gatehouse...

part of the second foundation,

built in 1 35 1 oflocal limestone.

- Yes. Very interesting.

- [ Man Speaking, Indistinct ]

The chapel's through here, sir,

if you care to go in.

Isn't there a service on?

- Not a service, sir. Merely morning prayers.

- Oh.

[ Man Continues, Indistinct ]

Mr. Gilbert, a new master

for next term, looking round.

[ Man Continues ]

[ Man ]

May not fear the power of any adversaries...

through the might

ofJesus Christ, our Lord.


Did the Crock see me?

Don't think so.

[ Exhales ]

I have one or two

announcements to make...

regarding the program for tomorrow.

- [ Whispers ] The headmaster.

- [ No Audible Dialogue ]

Prizegiving will be at 9:50 a.m.

That is to say,

immediately after tomorrow's chapel.

The concert will therefore

take place in the evening.

This change from the usual procedure...

is to enable Mr. Fletcher...

whose imminent departure

from this school...

I know each of you will feel

as a personal loss --

to enable Mr. Fletcher

to reach London...

in time to play cricket

for England against Australia.

You will all of you, I know,

be conscious...

of the honor that this choice

has done to the school.

I have, most unfortunately...

another item

of sad news for you.

You will all, I know,

be most grieved...

that persistent ill health

has forced the resignation...

of Mr. Crocker-Harris.

- He is leaving us to take up a post at, uh--

- [ No Audible Dialogue ]

at another school, and he will,

I know, carry with him...

after so many years at this school...

your sad but most heartfelt

good wishes.

So, of course, will his wife...

who has endeared herself

so much to all of us.

During the hymn,

the usual end-of-term collection...

will be made on behalf

of the school mission.

Hymn number 577:

''Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing.''

[ Organ ]

Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing

Thanks for mercies past received

Pardon all, their faults confessing

Time that's lost may all retrieve

May thy children

May thy children

Ne'er again thy Spirit grieve

Down for the cricket?

No, I'm just having a look round.

I'm joining the staff next term.

- Oh, really? What class?

- The lower fifth, I believe.


I suppose I'm rather lucky to have got

so comparably high a class straight off.

My husband got it straight off, too,

only he stayed with it for 1 8 years.

- You just want me to blow myself up.

- Hello, Frank.

- Good morning.

- Oh, please do, sir.

Wants me to experiment and disintegrate

myself to make a Roman holiday.

Well, I'll think about it.

Go on. Get along.

Can you come for a drink

about 1 2:
00 this morning?

- I don't know. That's a bit difficult.

- You can manage a minute, surely.

Well, I'll try.

Ah, Mrs. Crocker-Harris.

I hope you'll forgive me...

if I compliment you upon the regularity

of your attendance at morning prayers.

Very good of you, Headmaster.

I always feel it makes a good start to the day.

But today of all days, when you've got so much

to get through -- most commendable.

By the way, how is your poor husband?

Bearing up, I hope?

- Yes, thank you. Bearing up.

- Mm-hmm.

A sad blow it is.

A sad blow.

What have you done with our new master?

I saw you sitting next to him in chapel.

- He's over there.

- So he is. Perhaps you'll forgive me.

Come along, Hunter.

You must meet him.

I'll try and make 1 2:00.

These are what we call

the West Cloisters.

Most of our classrooms

are in this part of the building.

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Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. He wrote The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others. A troubled homosexual, who saw himself as an outsider, his plays centred on issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships, and a world of repression and reticence. more…

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