In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.




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In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

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29 November 1985 (USA)  »

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The premiere Broadway production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" opened at the Lyceum Theater (New York City) on April 22, 1895, ran for 12 performances and has been revived in New York City eight times since as of 2010. See more »


Version of The United States Steel Hour: Who's Earnest? (1957) See more »

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16 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This play filmed for TV is without doubt the most charming version of any available attempts. It has the air of a play, which may bother movie purists, but the dialog is smooth, and the acting natural; with the witty pronouncements of Oscar Wilde sliding smoothly into what would appear to be ordinary conversation. I have a partial copy filmed from PBS, but it is missing the dagger sharp interchange between Cecily and Gwendolyn, plus another 20 minutes in the center of the play. I've been trying to get a copy of this film since 1988, which, at the end of 2004, seems like a long, long time. What amazes me is that it does not seem to be for sale!

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