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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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Delightful british comedy!! 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Trouble with Merle (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mayfair in MaySee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Delightful british comedy!!, 1 August 2004
Author: angel_de_tourvel from surrey, england

This short, unique and original screen-play proved no short of brilliant. It has a simple and entertaining plot of charming but mischevious young Leslie (known at first as Lady X) imposing herself on a foggy night on irritable young masoganistic barrister Everard Logan. Logan declares that he is not in the least bit stirred by her charms, however she finally ends up enjoying his bed, pyjamas and breakfast whilst he has the mattress next door. Ofcourse, being the eligible handsome typical thing that he is, he falls in love with her and vows to arrange her divorce for her, (despite the fact she has no husband!) Ralph Richardson as Lord Mere (Leslie's supposed husband) and Binnie Barnes (the REAL Lady Mere)also help to put him in the light at last. Hurt and irritated, Logan throws his affections for Leslie back in her face and leaves. She goes after him, and naturally, they agree to the marriage finally that Logan had always wanted, and Leslie finalises in curing Logan of his haughtily sexist views.

Some say Laurence Olivier is out of his depth in this sort of a film, since in no way is this Hamlet or Harry V or any great feat of literature such as Wuthering Heights, and in no way is he a born comedian. But he gives it unmatched gusto and IS HE SARCASTIC!! His scenes with Merle Oberon, who plays the sweet little charmer of a Leslie are delightful. Oberon is adorable and could not have been better as Leslie.

It's been said before that Oberon and Olivier had a wonderful chemistry on screen, just as well as Leigh did in fact; however it could be argued so. They were just as contrastingly wonderful in Wuthering Heights, a classic film which I adore.

If you're in the mood of a short but sweet comedy, you couldn't ask for better than this. Fantastic!





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