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Frederick Lonsdale (play)
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Release Date:
22 May 1944 (UK) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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John Fortune obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 2 January 2014, 8:15 AM, PST)

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A Literate Comedy of Manners From Quality Actors: Quips Aplenty! See more (13 total) »

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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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 »
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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Asleep in the DeepSee more »

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A Literate Comedy of Manners From Quality Actors: Quips Aplenty!, 30 March 2013
Author: museumofdave from Corning, California

First of all, the pictorial quality of the print on this 1943 comedy is amazingly good; the diction of the actors speaking the King's English is also impeccable, and on that level alone this film is watchable--but much more for me; it's a wartime English film, obviously done on the cheap--but done very well and featuring top quality stage actors who delight in the clever quip and character-driven drollery.

A wee bit of story: a demanding woman decides to take her prospective hubby to an island retreat to see if they can properly relate before they marry--two friends tag along. Now largely forgotten actor Clive Brook (a lead in Dietrich's Shanghai Express) directed and stars as an effete snob who has lessons to learn, and the impeccably hilarious, viper-tongued Beatrice Lille, who made far too few movies, is showcased at her raised-eyebrow best. This is an old-fashioned drawing room comedy, adult in nature, literate in approach, and short, sweet and delightful.

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