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No, it's not a flop, 19 December 2007
The original play was set in the early 1800s during the time of the
Napoleonic Wars. This is a very cute, funny comedy if you understand
that it describes a time when a woman's future was defined by her
looks, youth, fertility, and chastity. With the destruction of monastic
life in England, the only future for a woman at the time of the play
The witty cast and script made the film a lot of fun. Seem to recall
reading that the Hollywood actresses of that era wanted to be in this
movie, and I can see why - it was a hoot. Especially Eric Blore, who
always turned in a good performance.
Western culture at the time of the play valued fertility in marriage
highly, and men tended to want wives who were rounder than Miss
Hepburn. Other than that, her performance was wonderful as always.