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Director:
Writers:
Oscar Wilde (by)
Julien Josephson (adapted to the screen by)
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Release Date:
17 September 1926 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
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Cast

  (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 (new score)
 
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
 
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Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Brothers) (An Ernst Lubitsch Production)
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Runtime:
Denmark:120 min | USA:89 min (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:G (Ontario) | Portugal:17 (director's cut) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Ronald Colman appeared courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn.See more »
Quotes:
Opening title card:Lady Windermere faced the grave problem of seating her dinner guests.See more »
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Version of The Story of a Bad Woman (1948)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Pure cinema, 8 August 2011
Author: Michael Bo (michael.bo@pol.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

Nobody was as savvy about the intricacies of the human heart as Lubitsch, and of how virtue is never an absolute.

This warmly empathetic, highly sophisticated gem is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde, with virtually none of the play's dialog utilized, but as suggestive and outrageous as Wilde himself, conceived, framed and edited as pure cinema.

From the exact same period as Cecil B. DeMille's infinitely more crass sex comedies and Charles Chaplin's equally brilliant and morally ambiguous 'The Woman of Paris', but carried by an indistinguishably European sensibility. Irene Rich as the woman who sacrifices herself in secret is impossibly glamorous and subtle, May McAvoy is truly heartbreaking as the socialite suspicious of her husband's philandering, but Ronald Colman, alas, is left with nothing much to do except smolder sexily at the fringes with those impertinently raised eyebrows.

A highlight is the Ascot game, a marvel of choreography and mime, a delicious baiting of upper class hypocrisy.

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