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The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 January 1938 (USA)
Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

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Tim Whelan

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Lajos Biró (adaptation) (as Lajos Biro), Ian Dalrymple (scenario & dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Leslie
Laurence Olivier ... Logan
Binnie Barnes ... Lady Mere
Ralph Richardson ... Lord Mere
Morton Selten ... Lord Steele
J.H. Roberts ... Slade
Gertrude Musgrove Gertrude Musgrove ... Saunders
Gus McNaughton ... Waiter
H.B. Hallam H.B. Hallam ... Jefferies
Eileen Peel ... Mrs. Johnson
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Storyline

Laurence Olivier plays Logan, a barrister who falls in love with Leslie (played by Merle Oberon), the woman he thinks his client will soon be divorcing. Written by H. A. Lakatos <lakatos@mail.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besuch zur Nacht See more »

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Budget:

£99,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) (Western Electric Noiseless System)

Color:

Color (photographed in) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is an adaptation of the same play as Counsel's Opinion (1933). Both movies were produced by Alexander Korda, and Binnie Barnes appeared in both of them, as Leslie in the earlier movie, and as Lady Mere in this one. See more »

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The contention is that Logan confuses Leslie with Lady Mere, but the first time Lord Mere meets Logan, Mere says his wife is American. Leslie is definitely not American. See more »

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Lord Mere: [Mumbling to himself over brandy at the club] Your wife's the most awfully clever woman in the world?
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Lord Mere: What did he mean, my wife's the most awfully clever woman in the world?
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Decent but I can't but help think it couldn't have been a bit better considering the premise.
25 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Divorce of Lady X" is a lovely color film produced by Alexander Korda--a man who had a great history producing films in the UK and US. However, compared to many of Korda's other great films, this one comes up a bit average. It has a great idea but something about it kept it from being a bit better.

The film begins in a horrible London fog. It's so foggy that folks can't get home and a hotel is totally booked. The last person to get a room, Everard (Laurence Olivier), is dead tired and miffed when the management asks him to share his suite since there are so many looking for rooms. Despite this, a very pushy and determined woman, Leslie (Merle Oberon), is able to finagle a bed in his room--and here is complications arise. He thinks she's a married woman and the next day, a man comes to hire him (as he's a barrister--that's a lawyer to us Americans) to sue his wife for divorce--and the woman the new client describes sounds EXACTLY like the woman who just spent the night with him! What's he to do? He's initially afraid that he's about to be named a co-respondent but later it's more complicated when he thinks that he's falling in love with this woman--a woman he thinks has been married four times already!

I nearly gave the movie a 7, so I did like it. However, sometimes I really thought they made Oberon's character too obnoxious and unlikable. Additionally, why Olivier's character would want to marry her is perplexing considering she's so obnoxious, manipulative AND he thinks she's been married many times already. Add to this a ridiculous courtroom scene at the very end, it just kept me wishing they'd edited or re-written the thing a bit.


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