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Director:
Writers:
Gilbert Wakefield (story)
Lajos Biró (adaptation)
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Release Date:
15 January 1938 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Droll humour at its best See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Merle Oberon ... Leslie Steele / Lady Claire Mere

Laurence Olivier ... Everard Logan
Binnie Barnes ... Lady Claire Mere

Ralph Richardson ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Benham ... Wearing a blue gown with a large crystal necklace (uncredited)
Lewis Gilbert ... Tom (uncredited)
Hal Gordon ... Taxi driver (uncredited)
Edward Lexy ... Peters, Club Attendant (uncredited)
Hugh McDermott ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eva Moore ... Lady (uncredited)

Michael Rennie ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Victor Rietti ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Patricia Roc ... Minor Role (uncredited)
C. Denier Warren ... Royal Park Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tim Whelan 
 
Writing credits
Gilbert Wakefield (story "Counsels Opinion")

Lajos Biró (adaptation) (as Lajos Biro)

Ian Dalrymple (scenario and dialogue) and
Arthur Wimperis (scenario and dialogue)

Robert E. Sherwood  uncredited

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Lionel Salter (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
L.J.W. Stokvis 
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert  (as Rene Hubert)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
Wilfred O'Kelly .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Brandon .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Lazare Meerson .... settings designer
Paul Sheriff .... assistant art director (as P. Sherriff)
Alec Waugh .... assistant art director (as A. Waugh)
 
Sound Department
Charles Tasto .... sound recordist (as C.R. Tasto)
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
John W. Mitchell .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ned Mann .... special effects director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Hildyard .... camera operator (as J. Hildyard)
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
Geoffrey Foot .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Ronnie Munro .... music arranger: dance music (uncredited)
Melle Weersma .... music arranger: dance music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leslie Henson .... originally presented by arrangement with
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color consultant
Frith Shepherd .... originally presented by arrangement with
William V. Skall .... photographic advisor: Technicolor
 
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Runtime:
92 min | USA:91 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Microphonic Noiseless System)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Modern woman has disowned womanhood but refuses man's obligations. She demands freedom but won't accept responsibility. She insists upon time to develop her personality, and she spends it in cogitating on which part of her body to paint next.See more »
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Featured in The Trouble with Merle (2002)See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Droll humour at its best, 17 September 2004
Author: Flippitygibbit from Yorkshire, England

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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