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On Approval (1944)

 -  Comedy  -  22 May 1944 (UK)
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Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats. When one of the dowagers suggests that her beau go away with her for a month to see if they are compatible, the fireworks begin.

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George, 10th Duke of Bristol
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Maria Wislack
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Helen Hale
Roland Culver ...
Richard Halton
O.B. Clarence ...
Dr. Graham
Laurence Hanray ...
Parkes (as Lawrence Hanray)
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. McCosh (as Eliot Mason)
Hay Petrie ...
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Marjorie Rhodes ...
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Mollie Munks ...
Jeannie (as Molly Munks)
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Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats. When one of the dowagers suggests that her beau go away with her for a month to see if they are compatible, the fireworks begin.

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George, 10th Duke of Bristol: You needn't try to lock your door, Maria. Only the rain will want to come in.
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The Dancing Lesson
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Music by Herbert Oliver
Lyrics by Edward Lockton
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Mannered, Amusing and Malicious
28 July 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

On Approval is an extremely amusing comedy of upper class British manners. It is wickedly malicious without being mean-spirited. The four leads play off each other flawlessly. Unfortunately, it seems to be one of those forgotten gems. The DVD release awhile back may have given it some new recognition. (And the DVD transfer is first rate.)

Clive Brook, who also wrote and directed the film, is priceless as an aristocrat who finds it entirely reasonable to take his pleasures at the expense of others. He was a major star in the Thirties, but made only one more movie, The List of Adrian Messenger, after this one. At 76 he proved he still could hold his own against all comers, including George C. Scott.


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