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The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

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Leslie
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Logan
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Lady Mere
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Lord Mere
Morton Selten ...
Lord Steele
J.H. Roberts ...
Slade
Gertrude Musgrove ...
Saunders
Gus McNaughton ...
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H.B. Hallam ...
Jefferies
Eileen Peel ...
Mrs. Johnson
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Laurence Olivier plays Logan, a barrister who falls in love with Leslie (played by Merle Oberon), the woman he thinks his client will soon be divorcing. Written by H. A. Lakatos <lakatos@mail.utexas.edu>

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15 January 1938 (USA)  »

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Besuch zur Nacht  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) (Western Electric Noiseless System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Los Angeles, on Thursday 23 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City, on Friday 19 November 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11). Although filmed in Technicolor, these telecasts were in B&W, since color broadcasting was still in its experimental stage. The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

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The contention is that Logan confuses Leslie with Lady Mere, but the first time Lord Mere meets Logan, Mere says his wife is American. Leslie is definitely not American. See more »

Quotes

Logan: Because of my profession I happen to be able to know what lies behind those dear deceiving lips...
Leslie: Oh - you're a dentist?
Logan: No! I'm a barrister!
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Version of Counsel's Opinion (1933) See more »

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Delightful british comedy!!
1 August 2004 | by (surrey, england) – See all my reviews

This short, unique and original screen-play proved no short of brilliant. It has a simple and entertaining plot of charming but mischevious young Leslie (known at first as Lady X) imposing herself on a foggy night on irritable young masoganistic barrister Everard Logan. Logan declares that he is not in the least bit stirred by her charms, however she finally ends up enjoying his bed, pyjamas and breakfast whilst he has the mattress next door. Ofcourse, being the eligible handsome typical thing that he is, he falls in love with her and vows to arrange her divorce for her, (despite the fact she has no husband!) Ralph Richardson as Lord Mere (Leslie's supposed husband) and Binnie Barnes (the REAL Lady Mere)also help to put him in the light at last. Hurt and irritated, Logan throws his affections for Leslie back in her face and leaves. She goes after him, and naturally, they agree to the marriage finally that Logan had always wanted, and Leslie finalises in curing Logan of his haughtily sexist views.

Some say Laurence Olivier is out of his depth in this sort of a film, since in no way is this Hamlet or Harry V or any great feat of literature such as Wuthering Heights, and in no way is he a born comedian. But he gives it unmatched gusto and IS HE SARCASTIC!! His scenes with Merle Oberon, who plays the sweet little charmer of a Leslie are delightful. Oberon is adorable and could not have been better as Leslie.

It's been said before that Oberon and Olivier had a wonderful chemistry on screen, just as well as Leigh did in fact; however it could be argued so. They were just as contrastingly wonderful in Wuthering Heights, a classic film which I adore.

If you're in the mood of a short but sweet comedy, you couldn't ask for better than this. Fantastic!






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