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The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 January 1938 (USA)
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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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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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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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 »

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Leslie: You're much too nice to turn me out.
Logan: Nice! My dear young lady, you don't know me. The trouble with me is that I'm weak. A charming young girl like you can put anything over on me in five minutes. But at least I know my weakness, so I force myself to be rude. Sometimes even brutal!
[Leslie starts backing Logan into a corner]
Leslie: You do like talking about yourself, don't you?
Logan: Why... yes... most men do. But at least they know the truth about themselves. Women don't. They only know the truth about each ...
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Remake of Counsel's Opinion (1933) See more »

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Mayfair in May
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Music by Vivian Ellis
Arranged by Ronnie Munro
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The Acting Lords
24 April 2005 | by 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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