Berkeley Square ★★★

In 1933, Peter Standish (Leslie Howard) inherits a house on Berkeley Square, London. The aura of the house fills Standish with such a strong connection to its past that he drops all other interests, including his fiancée, to concentrate his mind on his personal relationship to the former owners of the house. On the 149th anniversary of his namesake ancestor, also Peter Standish, visiting the family at the home, the modern Standish crosses over time and becomes the visitor who walks in on the family. Although he tries to act like an 18th century man, Standish retains full awareness of who he is and where he came from. Soon he inadvertently tells the family and other people he meets about events that have not yet occurred, both intriguing and frightening everybody who meets him. He also discovers that the 18th century was not as elegant as he had thought, among other things it is dirty and smells.

Only Standish’s cousin, Helen Pettigrew (Heather Angel), responds positively to his presence in the house. She understands that he is not of her time and requests to look into his eyes and see the future. She is repelled by many of the events that she sees. Now in love, Peter and Helen know that they must part. The union of their minds is marked by a token that will remain in the house when Peter returns to the present. Back in his time, Peter visits her grave. He knows that he will live his life within the house, uniting the present to the past.

An interesting and moody film about the subliminal connections that may develop between the generations of inhabitants of a house. Leslie Howard had played the character on Broadway.