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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 ...
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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Ehemann zur Ansicht  »

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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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Music by Frederic Hymen Cowen
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
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21 July 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This film of Frederick Lonsdale's play is one of my favorite movies of all time. Not because it breaks new artistic ground--it's simply as close to being perfectly cast and perfectly executed as one can imagine. It's Bea Lillie's most important work on film (and as far as I can tell, except for "Thoroughly Modern Millie", the only thing of hers available on home video....will someone PLEASE bring out "Doctor Rhythm"?), and it really does give us a sense of why she was so famous in her day. The amazing Clive Brook is her perfect foil, and Googie Withers is beautiful and utterly charming.

"On Approval" is full of small pleasures that, because of their perfection, are unforgettable. Who can forget Bea Lillie's perfect delivery of "You will find the dinghy by the jetty."? The bickering of Lillie and Brook ("Maria, I don't want to speak to you, but I must." "I don't want to speak to you and I won't!") .....Googie Withers refusing a proposal of marriage by asking the color of her eyes.....Bea Lillie doing vocal exercises at the piano....I could go on endlessly. It's exquisite fun.


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