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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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Classy version of Wilde in glorious Technicolor See more (11 total) »


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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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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 »
Viscomte de Nanjac:You are a young girl and more beautiful than ever. How do you manage it?
Mrs. Laura Cheveley:By making it a rule only to talk to perfectly charming people like yourself.
Viscomte de Nanjac:Ha Ha. Ah, you flatter me. You, a, "butter" me, as they say in England.
Mrs. Laura Cheveley:Oh, do they say that here? How dreadful of them.
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Remade as An Ideal Husband (1999)See more »
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Classy version of Wilde in glorious Technicolor, 6 March 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Directed by Alexander Korda, costumed by Cecil Beaton. This is a good start for any movie, but when it is based on one of Oscar Wilde's great comedies, this starts to look like a real goodie.

The cast puts Diana Wyngard as Lady Chiltern, Hugh Williams as Lord Robert, Michael Wilding as Lord Goring, Constance Collier as Lady Markby, Glynis Johns as Miss Chiltern, and C Aubrey Smith as Goring's father, Lord Caversham. With them is Paulette Goddard, mainly known for her work in the USA, as Mrs Cheveley, the woman who 'looks like she has a past'. Now, An Ideal Husband can be witty and clever, or it can be screamingly funny and farcical (I saw a wonderful stage production which was firmly the latter): the film chooses wit over low comedy, perhaps the right idea as it works very well. The ladies are sumptuously costumed as you would expect, while the script barely tampers with the original stage play.

In comparison to the slightly later movie of The Importance of Being Earnest, this film bears up well. The cast is almost ideal and work together extremely well, and the colour certainly helps (as it did in Earnest too). Well worth a look.

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