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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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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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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 Microphonic Noiseless System)

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1.37 : 1
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Merle Oberon and Alex Korda started a beautiful friendship on this film, which often meant starting to rehearse by 12:30 in the afternoon followed quickly by lunch which lasted until 3:30pm which meant filming finishing by 10 or 11 at night! See more »

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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 »

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Logan: We have ample opportunities in this court for learning what women mean, or what they mean they mean if in these days they mean anything at all.
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Remake of Counsel's Opinion (1933) See more »

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Mayfair in May
(reprise) (uncredited)
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Arranged by Melle Weersma
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Mistaken identity British comedy
28 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, and Binnie Barnes star in "The Divorce of Lady X," a 1938 comedy based on a play. Olivier plays a young barrister, Everard Logan who allows Oberon to spend the night in his hotel room, when the London fog is too dense for guests at a costume ball to go home. The next day, a friend of his, Lord Mere (Richardson), announces that his wife (Barnes) spent the night with another man at the same hotel, and he wants to divorce her. Believing the woman to be Oberon, Olivier panics. Oberon, who is single and the granddaughter of a judge, pretends that she's the lady in question, Lady Mere, when she's really Leslie Steele.

We've seen this plot or variations thereof dozens of time. With this cast, it's delightful. I mean, Richardson and Olivier? Olivier and Oberon, that great team in Wuthering Heights? Pretty special. Olivier is devastatingly handsome and does a great job with the comedy as he portrays the uptight, nervous barrister. Oberon gives her role the right light touch. She looks extremely young here, fuller in the face, with Jean Harlow eyebrows and a very different hairdo for her. She wears some beautiful street clothes, though her first gown looks like a birthday cake, and in one gown she tries on, with that hair-do, she's ready to play Snow White. Binnie Barnes is delightful as the real Lady Mere.

The color in this is a mess, and as others have mentioned, it could really use a restoration. Definitely worth seeing.


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