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A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

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Ivan Ronnson
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Lord Portleigh
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George Drayton
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Kitty Drayton
Charles Cullum ...
Sir John Fitzmaurice
Nora Swinburne ...
Lady Stephanie Fitzmaurice
O.B. Clarence ...
Dr. Graham
Mary Jerrold ...
Mrs. Graham
Peter Gawthorne ...
Butler
Rosalinde Fuller ...
Cook
Miles Malleson ...
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Ben Webster ...
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Herbert Lomas ...
Bradley - Nick's Counsel
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A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

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11 March 1933 (USA)  »

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Casamento Liberal  »

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The acting of Michael Farmer proved so bad that, despite being married to the film's star and main backer Gloria Swanson, he was all but edited out of the film, giving more screen time to Laurence Olivier. See more »

Soundtracks

I Love You So Much That I Hate You
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Music by Henry Sullivan
Lyrics by Rowland Leigh
Sung by Gloria Swanson
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I Love You So Much That I Hate You
8 May 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

That's the song Gloria sings over the closing credits; the reverse could be emblematic of the film, a trying-to-be-chic trifle that is nonetheless amusing in its stilted sophistication and odd cinematography. Gloria and Olivier swan about modern London--she's an American interior decorator, he appears to be independently wealthy--and do some rather pre-Code making out before deciding to marry. Misunderstandings quickly pile up as each, though nominally terribly terribly in love with each other, contemplate extramarital affairs. There's also intrigue about his suspicion that she's carrying someone else's child--it's far too racy to have been made in the U.S. at the time, and was filmed in Britain by Gloria's production company. The dialogue strains to be Somerset Maugham witty and the supporting cast is nothing special, though Miles Malleson has a nice bit. Gloria is certainly glamorous and good at eye-batting, and Olivier, playing a spoiled bachelor it's hard to root for, has some charm. Also fun is the hilariously overemphatic musical scoring--every comma seems to be accentuated with a crescendo. Not much of a movie, but an interesting look at two stars at uncomfortable times in their film careers.


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