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Writers:
Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay) and
Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 May 1946 (USA) See more »
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Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Boyer ... Adam Belinski

Jennifer Jones ... Cluny Brown

Peter Lawford ... Andrew Carmel
Helen Walker ... Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream
Reginald Gardiner ... Hilary Ames

Reginald Owen ... Sir Henry Carmel

C. Aubrey Smith ... Col. Charles Duff Graham (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)

Richard Haydn ... Jonathan W. Wilson
Margaret Bannerman ... Lady Alice Carmel

Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Maile
Ernest Cossart ... Syrette
Florence Bates ... Dowager at Ames' Party

Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Wilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Mr. Tupham (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Uncle Arn Porritt (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Archie, Dowager's Son (uncredited)
Bette Rae Brown ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Constable Birkins (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Mr. Snaffle (uncredited)
Michael Dyne ... John Frewen (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Comic Pianist at Party (uncredited)
Betty Fairfax ... Mrs. Watkins, Pharmacy Customer (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Richard Watkins, Boy in Pharmacy (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Onlooker Outside Bookstore (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Mr. Latham (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Weller (uncredited)
Mira McKinney ... Author's Wife (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Herbert - Colonel's Butler (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... New York Policeman (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Mrs. Tupham (uncredited)
Jean Prescott ... Mrs. Snaffle (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Onlooker Outside Bookstore (uncredited)
Christopher Severn ... Master Ronald Snaffle (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... English Boy on Bike (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Butler at Party (uncredited)
Al Winters ... Rollins (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay) and
Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay)

Margery Sharp (novel)

James Hilton  contributing writer

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Bonnie Cashin 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Dudley .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul S. Fox .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Ahern .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
J.O. Taylor .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice DePackh)
Emil Newman .... musical director
Charles Althouse .... music mixer (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Margaret Bannerman .... accent coach (uncredited)
Élise Girard .... press attache France: 2002 re-release (uncredited)
Katherine Lambert .... research assistant (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd Morris .... researcher (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Jean-Michel Rodon .... press attache France: 2002 re-release (uncredited)
 
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100 min | Hong Kong:96 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:A | UK:U (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #11436)

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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1950 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Henry Carmel:Well, she needn't have dropped the platter and insulted my friend. What was it she said to you?
Syrette:I remember very well, sir. It was, if I may take the liberty of repeating it, 'Nuts to the squirrels.'
Sir Henry Carmel:Doesn't make sense!
Adam Belinski:No, it doesn't. It should be 'Squirrels to the nuts.' But I have an open mind, and if someone says to me 'Nuts to the squirrels,' I accept it. You may be inclined to say that to me yourself some day, when you know me better - and I'm not so sure that you will include the 'squirrels.'
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Squirrels to the nuts, 29 June 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Cluny Brown" had quite an impact on me when I saw part of it as a child. I'm sure my feelings had to do with the luminous beauty of Jennifer Jones and wanting to be just like her when I grew up. Jones has the title role of an imaginative young woman who, being the niece of a plumber, doesn't mind picking up a hammer herself once in a while and having a good whack at the pipes. It gets her into some trouble at the apartment of Hilary Ames (Reginald Sinclair) when she arrives before a party to clear out his sink before his guests arrive. There she meets Adam Belinski, a Czech academician who's on the run from Hitler. Well, that's who the very earnest Andrew Carmel (Peter Lawford) assumes he is...Belinski never actually says.

When her uncle finds Cluny drunk and on the couch at the Ames apartment, he puts her into service. She winds up working at the Carmel country estate, where Belinski comes to stay. Attracted to her, he sets about aggravating the local pharmacist, Mr. Wilson (Richard Haydn) who is courting Cluny, and getting involved with Andrew's romance with Betty Cream (Helen Walker).

This is a very sweet, light comedy from Lubitsch that touches on not only the class system in England but the attitude of the upper class toward the impending war. As in the Fox film "This Above All," the upper class in "Cluny Brown" seems annoyed by the mere thought of war and hope the nonsense will just go away. As for Cluny, born to her class, she's expected to work and behave a certain way, though it isn't really her nature.

The performances are all very good, with Boyer a delight as Belinski, a character perhaps modeled on the Czech freedom fighter Jan Mazurek - though he basically doesn't act in danger or worried and manages to hit Andrew up for money. One is never really sure throughout the film what he's up to. Richard Haydn is hilarious as Cluny's suitor Mr. Wilson, one of the best scenes taking place when he plays the harmonium for her and she all but swoons. As his mother, all Una O'Connor does is cough, but that's all she needs to do. Playing opposite boyish Peter Lawford, Helen Walker seemed too old for the part of Betty. The other supporting players are all excellent, including Sara Allgood, Reginald Owen, and Margaret Bannerman.

David O. Selznick saw Jennifer Jones in his outer office, and it was love at first sight. It's easy to see why. She is radiant and spirited as Cluny, her vivid imagination shining through her eyes and smile. A wonderful presence - gentle, vulnerable, and guileless.

"Cluny Brown" isn't at the top of Lubitsch's best - it's uneven and doesn't have enough of a plot. It's entertaining nonetheless, and the ending is pure joy.

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