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Director:
Writers:
Lajos Biró (screenplay)
Oscar Wilde (play)
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Release Date:
February 1948 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"An Ideal Husband has to look to his future...a woman has to look to her past!"
Plot:
A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
More Style Than Substance, But Works Pretty Well See more (11 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
Vivien Leigh was originally intended for the role of Laura Cheveley.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Remade as An Ideal Husband (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
After the Ball Is OverSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
More Style Than Substance, But Works Pretty Well, 4 March 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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