Major Barbara
Major Barbara (1941)

George Bernard Shaw's satiric comedy about wealth and poverty is brought to the screen with wonderful performances by Rex Harrison and Wendy Hiller. Hiller plays Major Barbara Undershaft, a major in the Salvation Army who is also a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1941
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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TIME Magazine

The result is a cinema treat.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

To call it a manifest triumph would be arrant stinginess with words.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A bit theatrical in places, which is not surprising when you consider its provenance but it suffers for it.

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Variety Staff

Adapted from an old Shaw play, circa 1905, it still carries the lightning thrusts of Shavian caustic satire at any and all levels.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Though a bit slow to start and overlong (GBS added 18 minutes to the screenplay), this is still an enthusiastic and intelligent rendering of the wonderful Shavian wit and sense of the ridiculous.

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Emanuel Levy

Pascal's screen version of Bernard Shaw's 1905 satire about socialism and capitalism is too theatrical, but the dialogue is witty and the performances by Rex Harrison and Wendy Hiller superb.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

There is plenty to relish, notably Newton and Morley hamming it up (as, respectively, the rumbustious Bill Walker and the overbearing tycoon), and Deborah Kerr in her debut; but it does tend to just sit there.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

[A] superb screen adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's morality study about the Salvation Army and armaments manufacture.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Good intro to corporate social responsibility.

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