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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.

Director:

Tim Whelan

Writers:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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

Merle Oberon and Alex Korda started a beautiful friendship on this film, which often meant starting to rehearse by 12:30 in the afternoon followed quickly by lunch, which lasted until 3:30pm, which meant filming finishing by 10 or 11 at night. See more »

Goofs

In his chambers, Logan repacks Leslie's fancy dress into the suitcase after Slade had partially removed it. In doing so, he leaves a small part still exposed outside the suitcase when he closes the lid. He then places it on a shelf. Later, when Logan is in a meeting with Lord Mere, the suitcase is still on the shelf, but no part of the dress is now visible. See more »

Quotes

Logan: You only do yourself harm if you... if you hide anything from your doctor or your lawyer.
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Connections

Referenced in Round the Film Studios: No. 2 Denham Part 6 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Vohos Bort Ittar az Este
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Delightful british comedy!!
1 August 2004 | by angel_de_tourvelSee all my reviews

This short, unique and original screen-play proved no short of brilliant. It has a simple and entertaining plot of charming but mischevious young Leslie (known at first as Lady X) imposing herself on a foggy night on irritable young masoganistic barrister Everard Logan. Logan declares that he is not in the least bit stirred by her charms, however she finally ends up enjoying his bed, pyjamas and breakfast whilst he has the mattress next door. Ofcourse, being the eligible handsome typical thing that he is, he falls in love with her and vows to arrange her divorce for her, (despite the fact she has no husband!) Ralph Richardson as Lord Mere (Leslie's supposed husband) and Binnie Barnes (the REAL Lady Mere)also help to put him in the light at last. Hurt and irritated, Logan throws his affections for Leslie back in her face and leaves. She goes after him, and naturally, they agree to the marriage finally that Logan had always wanted, and Leslie finalises in curing Logan of his haughtily sexist views.

Some say Laurence Olivier is out of his depth in this sort of a film, since in no way is this Hamlet or Harry V or any great feat of literature such as Wuthering Heights, and in no way is he a born comedian. But he gives it unmatched gusto and IS HE SARCASTIC!! His scenes with Merle Oberon, who plays the sweet little charmer of a Leslie are delightful. Oberon is adorable and could not have been better as Leslie.

It's been said before that Oberon and Olivier had a wonderful chemistry on screen, just as well as Leigh did in fact; however it could be argued so. They were just as contrastingly wonderful in Wuthering Heights, a classic film which I adore.

If you're in the mood of a short but sweet comedy, you couldn't ask for better than this. Fantastic!


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