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The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 October 1952 (Denmark)
When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.

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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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Ernst sein ist alles  »

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The Importance of Being Earnest opened at the Lyceum Theater (New York City) on April 22, 1895 and ran for 12 performances and has been revived in New York City eight times since as of 2008. See more »

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Gwendolyn Fairfax: I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on a train.
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Version of In Earnest (2014) 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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