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Director:
Writers:
Frederick Lonsdale (play)
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Release Date:
22 May 1944 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Clive Brook ... George, 10th Duke of Bristol

Beatrice Lillie ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E.V.H. Emmett ... Narrator

Directed by
Clive Brook 
 
Writing credits
Frederick Lonsdale (play)

Clive Brook (adapted for the screen by)

Terence Young 

Produced by
Sydney Box .... executive producer
Clive Brook .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
 
Cinematography by
Claude Friese-Greene  (as C. Friese-Greene)
 
Film Editing by
Fergus McDonell 
 
Art Direction by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Tom Morahan)
 
Costume Design by
Cecil Beaton 
 
Makeup Department
Marjorie Whittle .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mickey Delamar .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William N. Boyle .... assistant director (as William Boyle)
Phil Rigal .... third assistant director (as P. Rigal)
Denis O'Dell .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Rose .... camera operator
Derek V. Browne .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Clive Donner .... cutter
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
 

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80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Drink To Me Only With Thine EyesSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Ho!, 21 July 2002
Author: timon88 from New York, NY

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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