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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Complete credited cast:
Diana Wynyard ...
Hugh Williams ...
Earl of Caversham, Goring's Father (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
Christine Norden ...
Harriette Johns ...
Olivia, Countess of Basildon
Michael Medwin ...
Michael Anthony ...
Peter Hobbes ...
John Clifford ...
Fred Groves ...
Michael Ward ...


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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"An Ideal Husband has to look to his future...a woman has to look to her past!"




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February 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein idealer Gatte  »

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Vivien Leigh was originally intended for the role of Laura Cheveley. See more »


Olivia, Countess of Basildon: A man talked to me about his wife the whole time.
Mrs. Margaret Marchmont: How very trivial of him.
Olivia, Countess of Basildon: What martyrs we are, dear Margaret.
Mrs. Margaret Marchmont: And how well it becomes us, Olivia.
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Version of Ein idealer Gatte (1935) See more »


After the Ball Is Over
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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