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Director:
Writers:
David Lean (adapted for the screen by) &
Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
14 May 1945 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Wife Too Many
Plot:
Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A refreshing and humorous movie See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rex Harrison ... Charles Condomine
Constance Cummings ... Ruth Condomine
Kay Hammond ... Elvira Condomine
Margaret Rutherford ... Madame Arcati
Hugh Wakefield ... Dr. George Bradman
Joyce Carey ... Violet Bradman
Jacqueline Clarke ... Edith (as Jaqueline Clarke)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Ault ... Cook (uncredited)

Noel Coward ... Narrator (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ... R.A.C. Man Directing Traffic (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
David Lean (adapted for the screen by) &
Ronald Neame (adapted for the screen by) &
Anthony Havelock-Allan (adapted for the screen by)

Noel Coward  play (uncredited)
Noel Coward  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Noel Coward .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame (photographed in Technicolor by)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
C.P. Norman 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Taksen (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Rahvis (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... in charge of production
Norman Spencer .... unit manager
Sydney Streeter .... unit manager (as S.S. Streeter)
Herbert Smith .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
 
Art Department
G.E. Calthrop .... art supervisor: Noel Coward
T. Hopewell Ash .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cook .... sound recordist (as John Cooke)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist
Cyril Crowhurst .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Roy Day .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Percy Dayton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Anthony J. Kay .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
George Paternoster .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Alan Whatley .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William McLeod .... camera operator (as Wm. McLeod)
Dennis Bartlett .... focus puller (uncredited)
Wilfrid Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilda Collins .... dress supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Margery Saunders .... assembly editor (uncredited)
Norah Walsh .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Isaacs .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... for Technicolor: associate colour director
Natalie Kalmus .... for Technicolor: colour director
George Minassian .... for Technicolor: technician
Yvonne Axeworthy .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
96 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1991) (1993) (2003) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:6 (fr 16)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Clifton Webb created the role of Charles on Broadway. He went directly from the play into the movie version of "Laura."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Ruth leaves Charles and Elvira to go to bed, the camera pulls back into the drawing room, the door closes, and in the gloss paintwork the ghostly reflection of the crew can be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
words on a Victorian sampler:"When we are young / We read and believe / The most fantastic things. / When we are older / We learn with regret / That these things cannot be"
Narrator:We are quite, quite wrong!
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What kind of car was Charles driving?
What does 'blithe' mean?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A refreshing and humorous movie, 10 March 2008
Author: flyingfireheaart from United States

This is one of my favorite movies.

Margaret Rutherford comes from a time in movie history when character actors added significant interest to the plot. And she was one of the very best. Rex Harrison has an everyman appeal,no matter what his role he is credible.

This story is charming,straightforward and unique.

Unlike half of the current movie plots today coming from Hollywood this is original.

It proves that good story lines will stand the test of time. It has humor,with a simple story line,and the strong directing,and acting carries it through.

It has more grace that some movies coming out of Hollywood today. Which is why I watch it again and again.

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