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The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

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Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are two men that are both pretending to be someone they are not.

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Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are two men that are both pretending to be someone they are not. Written by Simone Denvile

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They don't come any wilder than Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality!

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15 October 1952 (Denmark)  »

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Ernst sein ist alles  »

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The director, Anthony Asquith, was the son of H.H. Asquith who, as Home Secretary, brought the charges of immorality which led to Wilde's imprisonment. See more »

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Lady Bracknell: A handbag!
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A delicious box of bon mots!
11 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I haven't yet seen the 2002 theatrical film version of Wilde's classic, perhaps because I can't see how anyone, not even Judi Dench, could improve upon Dame Edith Evans's immortal portrayal of that deathless battle-axe, Lady Bracknell. And then there's Margaret Rutherford and Miles Malleson wittily playing characters that fitted them to a "T." Not to mention the unctuously delicious Joan Greenwood, whose line readings caress one's ears like the aural equivalent of a framboise liqueur. Dorothy Tutin was a perfect wise-for-her-young-years ingenue. But the men, in my view, were merely serviceable, with Michael Denison, especially, somewhat of an annoyance. The Technicolor mounting, deliberately stagey, was eye candy of the best sort, like an extravagantly decorated old-fashioned box containing the sort of confections one would savor to the very last morsel. Great fun!


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