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Unfaithfully Yours -- Rex Harrison dreams of revenge when he suspects his wife (Linda Darnell) is unfaithful. Preston Sturges wrote and directed.
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Release Date:
10 December 1948 (USA) See more »
Will somebody "get her" tonite?
Set to music, a symphony conductor envisions multiple possible scenarios for dealing with his wife's infidelity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A great symphony of a comedy See more (39 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rex Harrison ... Sir Alfred De Carter

Linda Darnell ... Daphne De Carter

Rudy Vallee ... August Henshler
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara Henshler
Kurt Kreuger ... Tony Windborn

Lionel Stander ... Hugo Standoff
Edgar Kennedy ... Detective Sweeney
Al Bridge ... House Detective (as Alan Bridge)
Julius Tannen ... O'Brien
Torben Meyer ... Dr. Schultz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pati Behrs ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Beranger ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Evelyn Beresford ... Madame Pompadour (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Dowager in Concert Box (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Page Boy (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Douglas Gerrard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Jules - the Valet (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Restaurant Diner / Concert Attendee (uncredited)

Isabel Jewell ... First Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Laurette Luez ... Lannie - Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Marion Marshall ... Maisie - Second Telephone Operator (uncredited)
George Matthews ... Musician (uncredited)
George Melford ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Onlooker at Murder Scene (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Stage Hand (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Fire Chief (uncredited)
Dave Morris ... Musician (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Musician (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Tamara Schee ... Madame La Lotte (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Musician (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Airport Information Man (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Stage Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Preston Sturges 
Writing credits
Preston Sturges (original screenplay written by)

Produced by
Preston Sturges .... producer
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Fritch (film editor)
Stuart Gilmore (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Joseph C. Wright 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox (set decorations)
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Bonnie Cashin 
Oleg Cassini (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marie Walter .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles Hall .... production manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gaston Glass .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Ledgerwood .... grip (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ray Nolan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Gioachino Rossini .... music: from the selected works of (as Gioacchino Rossini)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky .... music: from the selected works of (as Peter Ilystch Tchaikowski)
Richard Wagner .... music: from the selected works of (as Richard Wagner)
Maurice De Packh .... music arranger (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... music arranger (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... music arranger: Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Brooks .... production assistant
Robin Sanders Clark .... conducting instructor: Rex Harrison
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:S | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #12960)

Did You Know?

The camera zooms to a big closeup of Rex Harrison's left eye just before fading to each of Alfred de Carter's infidelity fantasies. Harrison happened to be blind in that eye, the result of childhood measles.See more »
Continuity: In one shot the phone receiver gets knocked off the hook, but moments later the phone rings and the receiver is in place on the phone.See more »
August Henshler:I don't think they should do this in public.
Barbara:Well, it's better to do it in public than not to do it at all!
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Movie Connections:
Francesca da Rimini, Opus 32See more »


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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A great symphony of a comedy, 23 July 2005
Author: steve-bailey-1 from Jacksonville Beach, FL

Though he directed a few more movies over the years, Unfaithfully Yours was the last great hurrah from one of Hollywood's greatest comedy writer-directors, Preston Sturges. But Lawdy, what a way to go out.

The movie stars Rex Harrison in what might be seen as a kinder, gentler cousin of his egomaniacal diction professor in My Fair Lady (1964). Here, Harrison is Sir Alfred de Carter, a world-renowned symphony conductor who is still astoundingly infatuated with the woman he refers to as his "bride," Daphne (charming Linda Darnell). The movie never declares how long or short of a time the Carters have been married, but judging from their passion level, one would guess they're still in the honeymooning stage.

(The far more down-to-earth married couple, Alfred's in-laws August and Barbara, are portrayed wonderfully by Rudy Vallee and Barbara Lawrence. Barbara gets all the great barbs off against her husband, who is only to happy to show his ignorance of them.)

One day, August accosts Alfred with the unfortunate news that he paid a detective to tail Daphne while Alfred was out of town. Alfred is so convinced of his wife's fidelity that his reaction starts at outrage and goes haywire from there. Little by little, though, Alfred is given reason to think that Daphne might have needed some spying-on after all. At his concert that evening, Alfred conducts three pieces by Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner, and with each piece, Alfred imagines the stylish revenge he will extract upon Daphne for her presumed cheating.

From this sober-sounding scenario, Sturges--as he always did--goes all over the place, from sparkling dialogue to skittering slapstick to rich drenches of sentiment. And the melange has never worked better than it does here. Just for kicks, take three of the movie's set-pieces: Alfred's achingly funny dressing-down of August for siccing a detective on Daphne, the first fantasy where Alfred hatches an elaborate murder scheme, and Alfred's drunken attempt to carry out the scheme. Three scenes of complete different tones, and they all plausibly fit into the same movie. Now try to imagine any modern-day comedy-maker whose work would display the wit of any of those scenes.

The Criterion Collection DVD of the movie does it full justice. It includes a seemingly irrelevant but nonetheless enjoyable critique of Sturges' work from Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones. And an interview with Sturges' widow Sandy, as well as copies of voluminous memoes to Sturges from uncredited producer Darryl Zanuck, demonstrate why the movie was initially a colossal box-office failure. Zanuck hounded Sturges to the point that the gifted creator of (to name but two) The Palm Beach Story and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek began doubting himself as a writer, resulting in the final humiliation of Zanuck cutting the film on his own. Then a timely scandal involving Rex Harrison forever killed the box-office chances of a black comedy starring Harrison as an ostensible woman-murderer.

Happily, Unfaithfully Yours, like Chaplin's similarly dark Monsieur Verdoux, survived its prudish times and has become renowned as a great movie. Alfred's take on Delius might be delirious (as professed by one of his fans, played by the great Sturges alumnus Edgar Kennedy)...but Sturges himself remains stupendous.

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