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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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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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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 »
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Drink To Me Only With Thine EyesSee more »

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Beatrice Lillie Shines...., 5 May 2005
Author: drednm from United States

in this 1944 film version of the Frederick Lonsdale play. Charming, caustic, biting, and very funny, On Approval centers on 4 people who end up together in a house in Scotland for a month to see if they are "suited" for marriage. Of course no one gets along, the servants leave instantly, and the weather is dreadful. Lillie made only a handful of films; what a pity. She's quite wonderful as the rich woman who disdains marriage. Clive Brook (best remembered for Cavalcade) is excellent as the Duke (son of a butcher's daughter) who assumes the airs of aristocracy without having money. Roland Culver and Googie Withers round out the bickering foursome. Surprisingly fresh and current. I'd seen the 1982 BBC play with Penelope Keith and remembered it fondly. This is different but equal. Lonsdale seemed at one time a copy of Wilde or even Coward. But he has a special way with words that makes for delightful dialogue. On Approval is worth looking for!

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