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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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John Gielgud was offered the role of Jack Worthing in this film. Even though it was one of his signature roles on stage, he turned it down because he disliked filming. See more »

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Jack Worthing: Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?
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Referenced in Girls on Top: Mr. Yummy Brownie (1986) See more »

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26 September 2002 | by (Columbia, South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

An hour and a half of sheer delightful Wildean wit and word play. Lush Technicolor, brilliant acting. Edith Evans steals the show by going over the top by carrying her 19th century style of stage acting just as far as it can go, i.e., to the point of parody. I haven't yet seen the 2002 version, but i don't see how it can compare.


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