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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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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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(Western Electric Microphonic Noiseless System)

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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 »

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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: Modern woman has no loyalty, decency, or justice; no endurance, reticence, or self-control; no affection, fine feelings, or mercy. In short, she is unprincipled, relentless, and exacting; idle, unproductive, and tedious; unimaginative, humorless, and vain; vindictive, undignified, and weak. And the sooner man takes out his whip again, the better for sanity and progress.
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Remake of Counsel's Opinion (1933) See more »

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Waltz
(uncredited)
from Murder on Diamond Row (1937)
Music by Lionel Salter
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Droll humour at its best
17 September 2004 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

I loved the dialogue above all - the sharp and witty banter between British 'icons' Olivier and Oberon, and even the playful back and forth between Morton Selten as Lord Steele and H.B. Hallam as his long-suffering butler, Jeffries. Binnie Barnes was also superb as Lady Mere; her accent might have slipped, but she definitely had the right attitude for her character! The use of colour was also a plus, particularly with the wonderful outfits. I think Merle Oberon would have done better without the continuous close-ups - though she did have a certain magnetism, she doesn't quite hold up to such inspection - and Olivier was definitely better suited to the stage: indeed, that is probably where he thought he was, judging by the delivery of some of his character's lines. The improbability of the story aside, 'The Divorce of Lady X' is a wry 'snapshot' of its era: gender, class, morality - even weather (it's very hard to believe that London had smog so bad that people were unable to travel, but it did happen).


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