American films based on 19th Century English novels

I recently watched Wuthering Heights (1939), Pride and Prejudice (1940), and Jane Eyre (1943), three deluxe Hollywood productions.

I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice the most because it’s funny in a sophisticated way. The acting in all three is excellent: Laurence Olivier stars in Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice, Greer Garson in Pride and Prejudice, and Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine in Jane Eyre.

I must admit I have read none of the novels so I don’t know how faithful they are to the books but they’re all fine movies.

Gregg Toland, best known for his work on Citizen Kane (1941), won an Academy Award for Cinematography for Wuthering Heights.


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