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Director  Gabriel Pascal
Music director  William Walton
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

6.6/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Comedy
Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  George Bernard Shaw, Marjorie Deans, Anatole de Grunwald
Release date  2 August 1941
Directors  Gabriel Pascal, David Lean, Harold French
Screenplay  George Bernard Shaw, Gabriel Pascal, Anatole de Grunwald, Marjorie Deans
Cast  Wendy Hiller (Major Barbara Undershaft), Rex Harrison (Adolphus Cusins), Robert Morley (Andrew Undershaft), Robert Newton (Bill Walker), Sybil Thorndike (The General), Emlyn Williams (Snobby Prince)
Similar movies  Related David Lean movies

The daughter of rich weapons manufacturer Andrew Undershaft (Robert Morley), idealistic young Barbara (Wendy Hiller) rebels against her estranged father by joining the Salvation Army. Wooed by professor-turned-preacher Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), Barbara eventually grows disillusioned with her causes and begins to see things from her fathers perspective. Based on the play by George Bernard Shaw, the films comedic social commentary pulls no punches.


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Major Barbara is a 1941 British film starring Wendy Hiller and Rex Harrison. The film was produced and directed by Gabriel Pascal and edited by David Lean. It was adapted for the screen by Marjorie Deans and Anatole de Grunwald, based on the 1905 stage play Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw. It was both a critical and financial success.

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.

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In this social satire, Barbara Undershaft (Hiller), an idealistic major in the Salvation Army, is deeply troubled by the fact that her father, Andrew Undershaft (Robert Morley), is a wealthy weapons manufacturer. Meanwhile, Andrew is looking for an heir for his industrial empire, in particular a foundling like himself.

Major barbara speaking 1941


Major Barbara was filmed in London during The Blitz bombing of 1940. During air raids, the crew and cast repeatedly had to dodge into bomb shelters. The films producer-director, Pascal, never stopped the production and the film was completed on schedule.


  • Wendy Hiller as Major Barbara Undershaft
  • Rex Harrison as Adolphus Cusins
  • Robert Morley as Andrew Undershaft
  • Robert Newton as Bill Walker
  • Sybil Thorndike as The General
  • Emlyn Williams as Snobby Price
  • Stanley Holloway as Policeman
  • Donald Calthrop as Peter Shirley
  • Marie Lohr as Lady Britomart
  • Marie Ault as Rummy Mitchens
  • Penelope Dudley-Ward as Sarah Undershaft
  • Walter Hudd as Stephen Undershaft
  • David Tree as Charles Lomax
  • Deborah Kerr as Jenny Hill
  • DVD

    Major Barbara was released on DVD by The Criterion Collection on February 23, 2010, as part of the box set George Bernard Shaw on Film.


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