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Release Date:
15 August 1952 (Ireland) See more »
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They don't come any wilder than Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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The importance of being Oscar See more (53 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Anthony Asquith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Asquith  uncredited
Oscar Wilde  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Teddy Baird .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer (as Earl St John)
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Roy Goddard .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Asher .... assistant director
Bert Batt .... third assistant director (uncredited)
David W. Orton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ernest Archer .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Box .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Lamont .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Eric Wood .... sound editor
Peter Davies .... first assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Harry Gillard .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Caffin .... costume supervisor
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
 
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller for Pinewood Studios
Joan Bridge .... Technicolor colour consultant
Joan Davis .... continuity
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1952) | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1990) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Anthony Asquith's first film in colour.See more »
Quotes:
Gwendolyn Fairfax:There comes a time when speaking one's mind ceases to be a moral duty, it becomes a pleasure.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Importance of Being Earnest (1986) (TV)See more »

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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The importance of being Oscar, 20 April 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Oscar Wilde's language is exquisitely spoken by the English cast that made, what should be considered, the definitive version of the play. The most important thing is the poetry all these actors were able to bring to the film, which reflects a bygone era; it is music to one's ears.

Anthony Asquith directed and adapted the play in ways that it never feels it's filmed theater. The director achieves a coup in casting Dame Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell, in one of her best appearances on the screen. Her Augusta is just what one expects a Victorian English lady to be like. Although Ms. Evans is not on screen all the time, she completely dominates the action. Even if one knows Ms. Evans is giving an exaggerated portrait of a society lady, she is delightful to watch as one stays riveted to her movements, facial expressions in making this woman come alive for us.

Michael Redgrave and Michael Denison, two dashing young actors, at the time, are a joy to see. The fastidious Jack, and his friend, Algenon, have excellent opportunities in which to shine. The same goes for the two female leads, Joan Greenwood and Dorothy Tutin, are perfectly cast as Gwendoline and Cecily, the love interests of Jack and Algenon. The redoubtable Margaret Rutherford is seen as Miss Prism, who is the key to solving the mystery in the plot.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" is a classic that was made at the legendary Pinewood studios and it shows the British cinema at its best.

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