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Perfect Understanding (1933)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  11 March 1933 (USA)
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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
Nigel Playfair ...
Lord Portleigh
Michael Farmer ...
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 ...
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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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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 »

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I Love You So Much That I Hate You
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Sullivan
Lyrics by Rowland Leigh
Sung by Gloria Swanson
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Used to going their own way
17 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

American expatriate Gloria Swanson is living it up pretty good and meets up with society playboy Laurence Olivier and the two fall in love as it were and get married. But both are used to high living and going their own way. So a Perfect Understanding is reached whereby they do just that and they vow never to quarrel.

Well that's easier said than done. And Larry heads off to the continent and the Riviera as he always does partying hearty. Gloria prepares home and hearth. Larry however has mantrap Nora Swinburne chasing him and when Gloria hears about she rebounds and right there is good old John Halliday to catch her.

Gloria Swanson as it turned out had a great singing voice and at the closing credits gets to sing a song with the rather ungainly title I Love You So Much I Hate You. Good voice, mediocre song, but she probably had it tacked on to a mediocre film for those who remembered her singing Love Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere from The Trespasser.

As for Olivier, up to now I had only seen one of his films before As You Like It. I'm not as hard as he is on himself when he was widely quoted as saying that William Wyler taught him the art of acting on film and that everything he did before Wuthering Heights was garbage. This second one I saw though would validate what he said.

Quite frankly the lives of these society twits got about as much interest from me in the 21st century as it did when it was shown in Depression UK and USA. Word of mouth made the public stay away in droves. And the public is always right.


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