Cast: Adams Lowden; Carleton Robert; Carroll Leo G.; Clark Neville; Conrad Allan; Downing Vernon; Flush; Forbes Ralph; Hall Winter; Hobbes Peter; Kirby George; Laughton Charles; March Fredric; Munier Ferdinand; Smith Matthew; Wolfe Ian; Alexander Katharine; Anderson Marion Clayton; O’Connor Una; O’Sullivan Maureen; Shearer Norma; Thalberg Irving; Besier Rudolph; Stewart Donald Ogden; Vajda Ernest; West Claudine; Daniels William H.; Stothart Herbert; Adrian; Franklin Sidney; Booth Margaret; Dietz Howard
Taglines: When poets love, Heaven and Earth fall back to watch!
Storyline: Elizabeth Barrett’s tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.
In 1845 London, the Barrett family is ruled with an iron fist by its stern widowed patriarch, Edward Moulton-Barrett. His nine grown children are afraid of him more than they love him. One of his rules is that none of his children are allowed to marry, which does not sit well with youngest daughter Henrietta as she loves and wants to marry Captain Surtees Cook. Of the nine, the one exception is his daughter Elizabeth, who abides faithfully to her father’s wishes. Elizabeth does not think too much about the non-marriage rule as she has an unknown chronic illness which has kept her bedridden. She feels her life will not be a long one. With her time, she writes poetry, which she shares by correspondence with another young poet, ‘Robert Browning (I)’ (qv). Elizabeth’s outlook on her life changes when she meets Mr. Browning for the first time, he who has fallen in love with her without even having met her. She, in return, falls in love with him after their meeting. With Mr. Browning’s love and support, Elizabeth tries to get well and enjoy life, this all against the thoughts of her father, who physically and emotionally traps Elizabeth and by association all of his children, all in the name of protecting her and them in the name of God.