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Our Betters (1933)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 March 1933 (USA)
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Although the British upper class may be thought our betters in society, but they are certainly not our betters, and perhaps our equals, in morality.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lady Pearl Grayston
Violet Kemble Cooper ...
Duchess (as Violet Kemble-Cooper)
Phoebe Foster ...
Princess
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Thornton Clay
Charles Starrett ...
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Bessie
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Pepi D'Costa
Minor Watson ...
Arthur Fenwick
Hugh Sinclair ...
Lord Bleane
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Lord George Grayston
Harold Entwistle ...
Pole
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Howell ...
Mrs. Saunders (scenes deleted)
Walter Walker ...
Mr. Saunders (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

American heiress Pearl Saunders marries Lord George Grayston but later sees him embracing his lover on their wedding day. She has his title and he has her money; thereafter they are rarely seen together. Pearl is accepted by the British aristocracy and is presented at court, but creates a scandal by wearing black. She encourages her younger sister, Bessie, who idolizes her, to respond to the attentions of Lord Harry Bleane despite Bessie preferring American Fleming Harvey. Pearl gives a weekend party at the Grayston estate inviting close friends, including her lover, Arthur Fenwick; her friend, Duchess Minnie and Minnie's gigolo companion, Pepi D'Costa; as well as Bessie, Lord Bleane and Harvey. Pepi, who had been meeting Pearl on the sly, discretely suggests a rendezvous with her in the new teahouse on the property. Both make some pretext to leave but are seen by Minnie entering the teahouse. Vindictive Minnie pretends to have left her purse in the teahouse and sends Bessie to fetch ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Haute société  »

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 12 March 1917 and closed in June 1917 after 112 performances. It was revived on 20 February 1928 with Ina Claire as Pearl, Constance Collier as the Duchess, Reginald Bach (who also directed) as Thornton Clay, and with Lillian Kemble-Cooper and Madge Evans. The revival ran for 128 performances and closed in June 1928. See more »

Quotes

Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: Nothing will induce me to stay in this house another night!
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: [as Minnie walks into the garden] It's a very slow train. Pepi'll be hungry and out of temper. You'll look your age.
[Minnie stops in her tracks, turns, comes back into the room]
Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: You promised me the luggage cart.
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: You shall have it! But you'll have to sit on the floor - there are no seats.
Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: Pearl, it's not going to break down on the way to the station?
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: Oh, how *can* you suspect me of playing a trick like that on you!
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God Save the Queen!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played at the end of the royal court scenes
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Hilarious, mordant send-up of expatriate social climbers
28 March 1999 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Must confess I scored it a Ten to raise the average. By all rights this one should rate an average of 8-9.

The bad prints and dated stage business cannot diminish the ethereal beauty of Constance Bennett and Anita Louise, the biting satire of Somerset Maugham, and an over-the-top pas de deux finalé between a lecherous duchess and a "dancing queen" that embellishes one of the most comically smashing dénouements in film history.


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