MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 27,123 this week

Young Wives' Tale (1951)

 |  Comedy, Romance  |  9 June 1952 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 129 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

A post-war housing crisis leaves a shy woman to share a house with two couples. Comic situations arise as the new roomer becomes infatuated with one of the husbands.

Director:

Writers:

, (play)
0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 23 titles
created 08 Jul 2012
 
a list of 218 titles
created 04 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 19 titles
created 08 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 309 titles
created 06 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 27 titles
created 19 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Young Wives' Tale (1951)

Young Wives' Tale (1951) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Young Wives' Tale.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Charade (1963)
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau
Always (1989)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot's passion for dare-devil firefighting and his girl.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson
Roman Holiday (1953)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A fast-moving comedy with Billy Fury, who plays himself in the film. The story reveals his great love of animals, and it features his own racehorse, Anselmo. Also featured are several of Billy's own dogs. Watch for the dances!

Director: Kenneth Hume
Stars: Billy Fury, Amanda Barrie, Michael Medwin
Saraband (1948)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman marries Prince George but it's far from a love match. Then she falls for a Swedish Count.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Flora Robson
Audrey Hepburn Remembered (TV Movie 1993)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Audrey Hepburn was one of movies best-loved stars, blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, she... See full summary »

Directors: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Richard Attenborough, Richard Brown
Saturday-Night Revue (TV Mini-Series 1950)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Stars: Joan Heal, Audrey Hepburn, Aud Johansen
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A cameraman is given a week to photograph the aerial highlights of Holland for a travelogue.

Directors: Charles Huguenot van der Linden, Heinz Josephson
Stars: Sanny Day, Pia Beck, Wam Heskes
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, Brian Rix, Robert Brown
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Villa Fiorita is set on the banks of an Italian lake. The battle is for the mother of 2 children who having fallen in love with an Italian composer and concert pianist leaves her ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Rossano Brazzi, Richard Todd
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Sabina Pennant
Nigel Patrick ...
Rodney Pennant
Derek Farr ...
Bruce Banning
Guy Middleton ...
Victor Manifold
Athene Seyler ...
Nanny Gallop
Helen Cherry ...
Mary Banning
...
Eve Lester
Fabia Drake ...
Nanny Blott
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Ayah
Irene Handl ...
Nanny
Carole James ...
Elizabeth
Jack McNaughton ...
Cab driver
Brian Oulton ...
Man in pub
Joan Sanderson ...
Nurse
Edit

Storyline

A post-war housing crisis leaves a shy woman to share a house with two couples. Comic situations arise as the new roomer becomes infatuated with one of the husbands.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Taglines:

...and what a tale!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gift på vift  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Enjoyable post war British farce
7 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I bumped up the user rating on this film to 8/10 as I was disappointed to see it rated so low at 5.2/10.This 1951 film is mainly acted out on one set - a suburban house - so I suspect it was again another filmed stage play.The plot concerns the marriage teething problems of two couples who share the same house, Joan Greenwood (Sabina Pennant), Nigel Patrick (Rodney Pennant) and Helen Cherry ((Mary Banning - Sabina's elder career minded sister), Derek Farr (Bruce Banning).

After WWII in Britain many married couples had to live with their parents (or in-laws) as mortgages for owner occupied properties were very difficult to obtain then.Many houses had been blitzed and the Government started a "prefab" scheme to rehouse poorer occupants.I was born in 1946 and was therefore 5 years old when this was filmed but I can empathise with the post war economic problems having lived then as a child.

The main problem for ex-actress Joan Greenwood (mother to a 2 1/2 year old son) is to find a reliable nanny after the first one (Fabia Drake) leaves "in a huff".Likewise career mother, Helen Cherry, is mother to a young 2 year old daughter.As Sabina is getting stressed out coping with all the housework (laundry/food preparation/child care etc.), her sister finds a veritable treasure replacement nanny (Athene Seyler) whom she finds in the park.Due to a silly misunderstanding concerning morality with the nanny, the couples have to pretend to be married to each other.

The farce is further complicated by the addition of two friends who regularly pop into the house, Guy Middleton, (Victor Manifold), who is close to Sabina and a 22 year old Audrey Hepburn (Eve Lester), who is close to Rodney.Of course there are pretend affairs, rows, reconciliations in true farce style.The acting is professional rep. standard.This was the first time I had seen this film and I enjoyed it immensely.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
haven't seen this yet cassandrak113
help!!!!! sduveau
Who played Valentine? kostlnik
Discuss Young Wives' Tale (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?