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Private Lives (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 December 1931 (USA)
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Elyot and Sibyl are being married in a big church ceremony. Amanda and Victor are being married by a French Justice of the Peace. Both couples go to a hotel on the same day and are put in ... See full summary »

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Elyot and Sibyl are being married in a big church ceremony. Amanda and Victor are being married by a French Justice of the Peace. Both couples go to a hotel on the same day and are put in adjoining rooms with adjoining terraces. Things go fine until Amanda sees her former husband Elyot on the adjacent terrace. While they both pretend to be happy, both make plans to leave, but their spouses do not want to leave as it is their respective honeymoons. So the other spouses each go down to the bar. This leaves Elyot and Amanda together and they reminisce. Before long, the sparks again fly and they both decide to leave together to the Mountains of Switzerland. They love, they bicker, they fight, they stop. Then it begins over and over. Then Victor and Sibyl show up at their chalet. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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The original play opened in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and starred Noel Coward (who also directed), Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier and Adrianne Allen. After a 5-week tour of England, it opened a scheduled 3-month engagement in London on 24 September 1930, after which it came to Broadway, New York City, on 27 January 1931 and ran for 256 performances, closing in September 1931. Jill Esmond replaced Allen in New York for the role of Sybil. The very popular play had 6 Broadway revivals alone, the last in 2002, and is continually revived the world over. See more »

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When Elyot, Amanda and Oscar are riding on the gondola, Elyot and Amanda begin to argue. As their argument escalates, the two of them stand up and Oscar, listening quietly, stands up with them. Their is a cut to a medium shot of Oscar which shows him still seated. Then a return to the shot of the three of them which shows Oscar standing again. See more »

Quotes

Amanda: Have you known her long?
Elyot: About four months, we met in a house party in Norfolk.
Amanda: Very flat, Norfolk.
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Version of Private Lives (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Someday I'll Find You
(1931) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Noel Coward
Sung by Norma Shearer
Whistled and played on piano by Robert Montgomery
Played often as background music
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A Noel Coward play. Two couples switch partners.
31 December 2003 | by (Evanston, IL) – See all my reviews

Noel Coward dialogue. What can be bad? Norma Shearer does a star turn and is *very* funny. Her clothes are wonderful. She is obviously "meant for" Robert Montgomery, and they leave the partners they are engaged to and escape with each other on an around-the-world trip. Their physical fights are hilarious.


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