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Lajos Biró (screenplay)
Oscar Wilde (play)
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Release Date:
February 1948 (USA) See more »
"An Ideal Husband has to look to his future...a woman has to look to her past!"
A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alexander Korda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lajos Biró  screenplay (as Lajos Biro)
Oscar Wilde  play

Produced by
Philip Brandon .... associate producer (as Phil Brandon)
Alexander Korda .... producer
Hugh Stewart .... associate producer
Original Music by
Arthur Benjamin 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal  (as Georges Perinal)
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
Costume Design by
Cecil Beaton 
Makeup Department
Dorrie Hamilton .... makeup artist
U.P. Hutchinson .... makeup artist
Gladys Weston .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jack Clayton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bluey Hill .... assistant director
Art Department
Joseph Bato .... associate art director
Vincent Korda .... set designer
Scott Slimon .... fabric designs
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Red Law .... sound mixer
Leo Wilkins .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
W. Percy Day .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Dennis Coop)
Edward Scaife .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Hubert Clifford .... conductor: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as Dr. Hubert Clifford)
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... associate colour director
Natalie Kalmus .... color director
Alexander Korda .... presenter
Peggy McClafferty .... continuity
Elizabeth Montagu .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
96 min | UK:125 min (original version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (PCA #12764) | West Germany:12

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Vivien Leigh was originally intended for the role of Laura Cheveley.See more »
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 compliments. Men always are. That's the difference between the two sexes.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
stylish and witty, 1 August 2011
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"An Ideal Husband" from 1947 is not Oscar Wilde's most famous comedy, but it is funny nevertheless. This production is directed by Sir Alexander Korda with an English cast with the exception of Paulette Goddard. Goddard plays a "woman with a past," the overly-made up Lady Chevely, who attempts to blackmail Sir Robert Chiltern (Hugh Williams) so that he will encourage support for what is, in essence, a scam in which she has invested. Williams turns to a friend, Viscount Arthur Goring (Michael Wilding) for advice.

This is the type of material that can be hilarious or just charmingly witty, and Korda opted for the latter. As good as it is, the film is nearly upstaged by some of the most gorgeous costumes ever seen, designed by Cecil Beaton. They are truly eye-popping, as is the beautiful color process used in the film.

Everyone is good, including a young, pretty Glynis Johns as Chiltern's as yet unmarried sister, and Lady Diana Wynward as the very moral Lady Chiltern.

This film compares well with the 1999 version starring Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, and Julianne Moore. Moore perhaps exhibited a little more class than Goddard, but Goddard still does a good job. Well, you could certainly believe she was a "woman with a past" at any rate.

Very enjoyable.

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