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Lady Windermere's Fan -- Mrs Erlynne, the mother of Lady Windermere - her daughter does not know about her - wants to be introduced in society...


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Oscar Wilde (by)
Julien Josephson (adapted to the screen by)
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Release Date:
17 September 1926 (France) See more »
A society woman believes her husband is having an affair, a misconception which may have dire personal consequences for all involved. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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good, but not Lubitsch's best See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Colman ... Lord Darlington

May McAvoy ... Lady Windermere

Bert Lytell ... Lord Windermere

Irene Rich ... Mrs. Erlynne

Edward Martindel ... Lord Augustus Lorton (as Edw. Martindel)

Carrie Daumery ... The Duchess of Berwick (as Mme. Daumery)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billie Bennett ... Lady Plymdale (uncredited)

Helen Dunbar ... Mrs. Cowper-Cowper (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Percy Williams ... Waiter at the Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
Oscar Wilde (by)

Julien Josephson (adapted to the screen by)

Maude Fulton (titles by) and
Eric Locke (titles by)

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Yati Durant 
Cinematography by
Charles Van Enger (photography)
Film Editing by
Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Harold Grieve 
Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Sophie Wachner (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Hippard .... assistant director
Ernst Laemmle .... assistant director
Art Department
Victor Vance .... art titles
Special Effects by
F.N. Murphy .... electrical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Van Enger .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... ronald colman appears courtesy of
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Brothers) (An Ernst Lubitsch Production)

Additional Details

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Denmark:120 min | USA:89 min (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Ontario) | Portugal:17 (director's cut) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art, has a running time of 89 minutes and an added piano music score.See more »
Opening title card:Lady Windermere faced the grave problem of seating her dinner guests.See more »
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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
good, but not Lubitsch's best, 3 July 2006
Author: Claude Cat from United States

I agree with the other reviewers that Lubitsch did a great job reworking parts of Wilde's play to make it suitable for silent film, and adding some of his signature touches. But I don't think the movie stands up to some of his later pieces, such as "Trouble in Paradise" and "Design for Living" (also reworked from a famous play, to good advantage). "Lady Windermere's Fan" is much more slow-paced, which can make it hard for a modern viewer, and not all of the characters are as interesting. However, the performances are good, especially the marvelous Irene Rich (whose high-fashion costumes are endlessly entertaining), the production values are high, and if you have the patience, you will be rewarded with some nice little bits of Lubitsch's social observation. It's interesting to consider how drastically attitudes toward male-female relations have changed over the decades: the film's plot depends on beliefs that have mostly, and rightfully, vanished. In contrast to convention, Lubitsch obviously enjoyed helping Rich create an older woman who was fascinating and sexually powerful.

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