Famed English painter Priam Farll has spent the last 25 years living in various remote locations with only his trusted manservant, Henry Leek, for company. While Farll is summoned to London to receive a knighthood, Leek falls ill and dies. Wishing to avoid the ostentation knighthood ceremony, the reclusive painter assumes his valet's identity. Farll, posing as Leek, soon receives a letter from Alice Chalice, a widow who has been corresponding with Leek through a marriage bureau and is expecting to finally meet her beloved in person...Written by
The only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »
At approximately 1:05:54 into the film, the well-lit wall close behind the two main characters suddenly cuts to darkness, as though simulating a night scene, and after seven seconds returns to daylight brightness; all while the ongoing dialogue through the two cuts flows smoothly. See more »
Which shall I lay out for your trip sir - your trousers or your knickerbockers?
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I'm not familiar with the novel upon which this movie was based, so I can't say how loyal this movie was to it. But I suspect it was entirely too loyal and should have abandoned the original plot once Monty Woolley was cast in the role of a very shy man. The plot is a mess. Through the last half of the film Woolley alternates in his claim of who he is and the resulting complications make very little sense even within the internal logic of the plot. Something much more interesting could have been done, instead it has a pointless trial in which his claims of identity continue to alternate. The elements are all there, but they're all squandered and the result is a mess, which somehow was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Whatever appeal Gracie Fields had entirely escapes me.
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