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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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Cast

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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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:
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 other.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Acting Lords, 24 April 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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