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An Ideal Husband (1947)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  February 1948 (USA)
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A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's ... See full summary »

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A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's past if he exposes the speculation as a fraud. His problem is compounded by his wife's intolerance of the slightest character flaws. Written by Snow Leopard

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The original Broadway production of "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde opened at the Lyceum Theatre on March 12, 1895. Broadway revivals were produced in 1918 and 1996. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Laura Cheveley: Do you think it is quite charming of you to be so rude to a woman in your own house?
Viscount Arthur Goring: In the case of a very fascinating woman, sex is a challenge, not a defense.
Mrs. Laura Cheveley: I suppose that is meant as a compliment. Oh my dear Arthur, women are never disarmed by a compliments. Men always are. That's the difference between the two sexes.
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Remade as An Ideal Husband (2000) See more »

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After the Ball Is Over
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from the musical "A Trip to Chinatown"
Written by Charles Harris
Arranged by Howard Carr
Played by orchestra during opening credits
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More Style Than Substance, But Works Pretty Well
4 March 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story "An Ideal Husband" works pretty well as light entertainment despite some shortcomings. It focuses on the dilemma of a prominent British politician, who wants to expose a financial fraud but who has been threatened with personal ruin if he does. The plot that follows does not really fulfill all of the potential of the situation, but that is probably a deliberate decision, as the story focuses more on the sights, atmosphere, and ways of upper-class society.

It often moves slowly in order to call attention to the sometimes extravagant habits of the characters; sometimes this is effective, sometimes less so. Once it gets going, the pace picks up a little. There are some moments of good subtle humor and commentary, with some of the funniest scenes perhaps being those with Michael Wilding as a wastrel son being confronted by father C. Aubrey Smith. Paulette Goddard is pretty good in an underplayed role as the villainness.

Overall, it scores higher on style than on substance, but perhaps that is exactly as intended, and it is entertaining enough to be worth seeing.


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