Leslie Howard received his first Oscar nomination for portraying Peter Standish in Berkeley Square.
Leslie Howard's performance here is quite strange actually. For a good time of his performance his character acts with almost an uncaring attitude to the fact that he traveled through time. Partially due to this reason Howard is quite dull, and really feels like he is just going through the motions of a performance, than a real performance.
Leslie Howard does very little more than just sort of read his lines that feel rather unspectacular throughout the film. There is not a single moment that seems special in his entire performance, it is just one rather conventional moment than another. Howard does not have any special charm or wit in this performance, that frankly most of the time just felt rather boring to watch.
Howard is required a little more to do when he falls in love with one of his ancestors. The problem is the way he barely seemed to care about his whole situation really off sets this part of his performance poorly, since suddenly he wants to act like he does care. There is not a moment that I bought this romance, because they are very dull together.
Leslie Howard certainly could be quite good, like he was as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, but none of that sardonic wit can be found in this part. Howard instead just gives a incredibly uninteresting performance. It fails to ever have a convincing, or effective scene throughout his performance, this is simply a bad performance just like the film itself.