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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Clive Brook ...
George, 10th Duke of Bristol
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Maria Wislack
Googie Withers ...
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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E.V.H. Emmett ...
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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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The Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by William Alwyn
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Maria (Beatrice Lillie) invites Richard (Roland Culver) to stay with her in her house in Scotland for a month to see if they are compatible and thus suited for marriage. George (Clive Brook) and Helen (Googie Withers) come along as chaperones for their friends, Helen for Maria and George for Richard. The staff at the house walk out of the residence, leaving the four main characters to fend for themselves and find out about each other.....

This film is very amusing - a good example of dialogue-driven humour. The script is well written and the cast deliver it with precision. All four main characters are well suited to their roles and equally excellent. The only oddity is that Googie Withers, playing an American, couldn't be more English! At the beginning of the film, a narrator delivers an intro in a very British comedy cartoon fashion. Perhaps this segment could have been shorter. However, once the film starts properly, it immediately holds the viewer's interest and runs for a decent length. There is also a twist in the tale.


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