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Her Man Gilbey (1944)

English Without Tears (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 22 December 1944 (Sweden)
While Lady Christabel Beauclark, a bird fancier, is scurrying about demanding certain territorial rights for British birds from other countries, Her Ladyship's niece is falling in love with... See full summary »

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Joan Heseltine (as Penelope Ward)
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Brigid Knudsen
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François de Freycinet
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Felix Dembowski
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Bobbie Heseltine
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Sir Cosmo Brandon
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Lady Christabel Beauclerk
Martin Miller ...
Schmidt
Paul Demel ...
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Beryl Measor ...
Miss Faljambe
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Captain Standish
Esma Cannon ...
Queenie
Ivor Barnard ...
Mr. Quiel
Paul Bonifas ...
Monsieur Rolland (as Paul Boniface)
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While Lady Christabel Beauclark, a bird fancier, is scurrying about demanding certain territorial rights for British birds from other countries, Her Ladyship's niece is falling in love with the family butler, Tom Gilbey. The birds are forgotten when war breaks out, and Gilbey now finds himself in love with the niece whose love was previously unrequited. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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22 December 1944 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Not quite My Man Godfrey
25 March 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Joan is 16, and in love. The only problem - he's their butler! And while you can love the butler, you can't LOVE him.

About 5 plots seem to be going on at once here, and everything is introduced in a very roundabout way, not coming together until the final minutes. Surely the best part of the film, apart from Tom the Butler, is Brigid the translator, who adds a lot of charm and wit to the story.

Tom goes away to join the army, and comes back an Officer, and in love with Joan - who is older and has of course moved on! So what is a guy to do? She's now teaching English to foreign soldiers, half of whom have crushes on her, but Tom ain't gonna be licked..

An hour and 20 minutes in length, but English Without Tears at times feels a lot longer. It has its moments (don't miss the caricaturist near the start, and the Aunt's crying over the poor defenceless murdered Thrush..) but gets dull at times. It is worth it to stay tuned to the end though. 7/10


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