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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
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Lord Steele
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Slade
Gertrude Musgrove ...
Saunders
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) (Western Electric Noiseless System)

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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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In his chambers, Logan repacks Leslie's fancy dress into the suitcase after Slade had partially removed it. In doing so, he leaves a small part still exposed outside the suitcase when he closes the lid. He then places it on a shelf. Later, when Logan is in a meeting with Lord Mere, the suitcase is still on the shelf, but no part of the dress is now visible. 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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The Acting Lords
24 April 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson who went on to knighthood as they entered the primes of their respective career show a comic talent in this film which in America would have been done by Cary Grant or William Powell. Later on Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall and/or Gig Young would have played some of those parts in this film. In America, Carole Lombard would have been in Merle Oberon's part at the time this was made.

Olivier is one tired divorce attorney who checks into a hotel one night for a little sack time. The hotel is booked to the gills, but Merle Oberson fresh from a party at the establishment also needs a place to sleep. She guiles and charms her way into his room and heart. But Olivier inadvertently mistakes who she is and that's where the fun begins.

Ralph Richardson and Binnie Barnes lend good support as a battling titled Lord and his much married wife. Morton Selten does a nice turn as Oberon's grandfather. He's best known for Fire Over England as Lord Burleigh and Thief of Bagdad as the wise old king that Sabu expropriates the flying carpet from. The beard he sported in those parts is gone here.

Olivier stated many times that he didn't think too much of his film performances before Wuthering Heights. He credited Wiliam Wyler for teaching him the art of cinema as opposed to stage acting. But even second rate Olivier is better than 90% of other players.


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