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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
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Richard Halton
O.B. Clarence ...
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Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. McCosh (as Eliot Mason)
Hay Petrie ...
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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: She's not crying because I said she was forty-one. She's crying because she is forty-one.
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Swallows
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Music by Frederic Hymen Cowen
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
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Aristocrats with cash flow problems
15 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

No one should pass on seeing any film with Beatrice Lillie. And I have to confess I was looking forward to seeing On Approval which is a Frederick Lonsdale comedy of manners which made it to Broadway after Drury Lane in London in the middle twenties. But while I saw a faithful adaption of the rather dated play, I did not see the madcap Beatrice Lillie in this at all.

Bea and Googie Withers play a couple of wealthy widows who are wealthy because their late husbands presumably made some good fortunes in whatever business they were in. A couple of aristocrats with cash flow problems played by Clive Brook and Roland Culver are looking to marry and live in a lifestyle they're accustomed to. To go to work doesn't appeal to these two twits at all. But a nice marriage to money is a lot easier.

The play itself is all right if your taste runs to these kind of stories. It tries to be Oscar Wilde like, without any of Wilde's wit. And Lillie gives a good performance. But I was sitting at my computer screen waiting for her to rollerskate across the floor or break into her double damask dinner napkins routine. You can find that in the Bing Crosby film Dr. Rhythm which Beatrice Lillie co-starred with him.

In fact DEMAND that TCM show that film if you want to see what Bea Lillie was all about.


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