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On Approval (1944)

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 ...
Landlord
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Cook
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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22 May 1944 (UK)  »

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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for television presentation in New York City on WCBS (Channel 2). Its initial telecast had previously taken place Monday 31 December 1945 on NBC's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1), and its CBS premiere took place Saturday 30 April 1949. See more »

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George: She's not crying because I said she was forty-one. She's crying because she is forty-one.
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Version of On Approval (1930) See more »

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At The Woodchoppers' Ball
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Written by Joe Bishop and Woody Herman
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A Very Funny Film
27 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a send up about British society people set in the 1890's that not only keeps your interest but gets progressively funnier with time. Beatrice Lillie plays Maria and Googie Withers plays Helen, with Maria deciding to go for a trial marriage for a month's holiday in Scotland with Richard. George, a Duke, tags along and through a series of planned misadventures, all four of them end up in the same castle on an island they have to row to to reach. This film must have been a breath of fresh air in 1943, as the war was still going on. Sixty five years later, it is still fresh. I had a great time watching it, it is a well made farce, and the acting is terrific. If you like British comedy at all, this is absolutely essential.


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