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The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Leslie Steele / Lady Claire Mere
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Everard Logan
Binnie Barnes ...
Lady Claire Mere
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Lord Mere
Morton Selten ...
Lord Steele
J.H. Roberts ...
Slade
Gertrude Musgrove ...
Saunders, the Maid
Gus McNaughton ...
Room Service Waiter
H.B. Hallam ...
Jefferies, the Butler
Eileen Peel ...
Mrs. Johnson
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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15 January 1938 (USA)  »

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Besuch zur Nacht  »

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(Western Electric Microphonic Noiseless System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is an adaptation of the same play as Counsel's Opinion (1933). Both films were produced by Alexander Korda, and Binnie Barnes appears in both of them, as Leslie in the earlier film and as Lady Mere in this one. See more »

Goofs

When on the ship, Logan and Leslie move to the bulwark and Logan holds on to the pillar to his right. In the very next shot, he has both of his hands on the top rail and then holds on to the pillar to his right again. 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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perfect to curl up with a love one under a blanket on cool a cool evening and watch
15 August 2001 | by (Ky, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

An incredible little English film for so many reasons. First it's a rare look a Laurence Olivier in a light comedy. While his performance is not up the standard he would latter set as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, he is perfectly believable as the hoodwinked barrister. Historically this film is of great interest because of both where and when it was shoot. Being English it didn't have the big budget of the Hollywood films of the same era and it often shows, but more interesting is the fact this movie filmed just prior to the war and shows an England that would soon be gone. When we watch it today we think in terms of modern morality and over look the fact that this movie and its closest American counter part `It Happened One Night' were in their day as risqué as `Fatal Instinct' was in our time. But after watching and enjoying this movie the first time I can't help but feel sadness when I watch it today. With half of film shoot before 1950 gone, saving the remaining films means hard choices, and unfortunately films like this are often passed over to save movies that we all consider important. The color shifting, lack of contrast, and generally poor quality of the print most often seen is heartbreaking. This movie along with `It Happened One Night' are perfect to curl up with a love one under a blanket on cool a cool evening and watch, or better yet why not a double feature.


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