Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1939. The Samuel Goldwyn Company. Screenplay by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Emily Bronte. Cinematography by Gregg Toland. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by James Basevi. Costume Design by Omar Kiam. Film Editing by Daniel Mandell. Academy Awards 1939.
Romantically filmed, lush adaptation of Emily Bronte’s ever-so-popular novel about love between a brooding low-born young man (Laurence Olivier) and a spoiled rich girl (Merle Oberon) who have been in love since childhood but are doomed to tragedy. Rich direction by William Wyler and a great supporting performance by the enigmatic Geraldine Fitzgerald boost this melodramatic but enjoyable soaper.