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Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 January 1926 (Canada)
A society woman believes her husband is having an affair, a misconception which may have dire personal consequences for all involved.


Ernst Lubitsch


Oscar Wilde (by), Julien Josephson (adapted to the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Lord Darlington
May McAvoy ... Lady Windermere
Bert Lytell ... Lord Windermere
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Erlynne
Edward Martindel ... Lord Augustus Lorton (as Edw. Martindel)
Carrie Daumery ... The Duchess of Berwick (as Mme. Daumery)


Mrs Erlynne, the mother of Lady Windermere - her daughter does not know about her - wants to be introduced in society, so that she can marry Lord Augustus Lorton. Lord Windermere, who helped her with a cheque, invites her to his wifes birthday-party, but Lady Windermere thinks, she has reason to be jealous, so she decides to leave her husband and go to Lord Darlington, who is pining for her. Mrs Erlynne finds this out and tries to prevent her of this mistake, but her daughter leaves her fan in Lord Darlingtons residence. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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"Lady Windermere's Fan" scintillates with the subtlest characterizations ever recorded on the screen. Genius flashes from it at every angle- it wholly defies any word picture. (Print Ad- Capitol Journal, ((Salem, Ore.)) 5 February 1926) See more »




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Did You Know?


The play opened in London in 1892, and on Broadway in New York City on 5 February 1893. There were 3 Broadway revivals, the last in 1946. See more »


Opening title card: Lady Windermere faced the grave problem of seating her dinner guests.
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Remade as Lady Windermeres Fächer (1935) See more »

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beautifully acted drama
19 October 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'Lady Windermere's Fan' is one of the great plays of Oscar Wilde, so it is curious to see it here as a big budget silent film from Warners Brothers. Starring May McAvoy and Bert Lytell as the Windermeres, with Irene Rich as Mrs Erlynne and a young Ronald Colman as Lord Darlington, this film is directed by Ernst Lubitsch, known mainly now for his stylish musicals and dramas from the sound era.

Despite the obvious drawback of not using any of Wilde's text, either spoken or as title cards, this adaptation does succeed in putting across most of the play's plot, just making a little tweak here and there to move the plot along or to bring matters to a satisfactory conclusion. Sets and costumes are of the jazz age and are beautiful, and McAvoy is a winsome Lady Windermere, all indignant eyes and little rosebud mouth.

The film however belongs to Irene Rich who portrays Mrs Erlynne as desperate, calculating, and everything in-between. She was a superb technician without overacting, and it's a pleasure to watch her. Ronald Colman as well shows signs of the star quality to come.

This 'Lady Windermere' is well worth watching.

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Release Date:

6 January 1926 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Hans største fristelse See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$320,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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