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She Stoops To Conquer was first produced in New York City at the John Street Theater on March 15, 1773 and has been produced in New York seven times since as of 2008. See more »


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Excellent Period Farce
28 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this on British TV in 1971, and it was very funny. I would thoroughly recommend watching this film, it had a great cast and Oliver Goldsmith's brilliant dialog. This version sits in the BBC archive and deserves a repeat showing on TV but the chances of seeing it again seem remote, I sent an e-mail to the BBC and received a polite response.

The play was shot on location near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, and is not just a filmed version of the stage play. The story concerns a young bachelor called Marlow (Tom Courtenay) who is rich and unable to find a wife. He's shy and bashful with society girls but not with barmaids and servant girls. Marlow's father has proposed a match with Miss Hardcastle (Juliet Mills). Marlow decides to call on the family with his friend Hastings(a young Brian Cox) but they get lost. He arrives at a pub where he is redirected to a neighboring inn by the mischievous Tony Lumpkin (Trevor Peacock). The inn is really the home of the Hardcastles. He believes Mr. Hardcastle (Ralph Richardson) is the landlord. Miss Hardcastle pretends to be a maid and Marlow falls in love with her.

This is a story where the misunderstandings drive the plot. But they are eventually cleared up and all ends happily. It was first performed in London in 1773 and is one of the few plays from the 18th century to have an enduring appeal.

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