Pride and Prejudice 07/18/20
MGM in 1940 was just the movie factory to turn out a smart, compact version of the Jane Austen novel, with Greer Garson in fine form and Laurence Olivier possibly slumming but also contributing a flawless performance. Robert Z. Leonard’s direction is invisible but does no harm; adaptors Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin telescope events and concoct an even happier ending, all with great skill. Sorry, despite persistent rumors, the story hasn’t a single zombie. With Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver, Maureen O’Sullivan, Edmund Gwenn, Ann Rutherford, Marsha Hunt, Frieda Inescort and Heather Angel; on Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.