Vivian Kenway (Sir Rex Harrison), a young Englishman from an aristocratic background, flunks out of Oxford, and decides to use his considerable charm to achieve his goal of, apparently, making dissipation his career. His derelictions include seduction, betrayals of sweethearts, family and friends, and marriage for money. All this with no signs of remorse or redemption, since his life as a completely unprincipled rake is quite enjoyable, for him, at least. Then, World War II breaks out and he is given a chance to die a heroic death for flag and country. Maybe.
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The private life of a magnificent heel...who brought out the woman in women!
Did You Know?
In her 1975 memoir "Change Lobsters and Dance", Lilli Palmer recalled how she had to rush from the studio hair department wearing curlers on hearing that a German bomb had exploded at the foot of her garden. She and Sir Rex Harrison returned to their house Brackenwood in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England to find the windows and some doors blown in. Their infant son, Carey, had been in his pram on the patio. Although covered in glass fragments, he was not injured, protected by a rhododendron bush. None of the numerous staff were injured either. See more
Although the bulk of the film takes place in the years 1931-1938, all of the women's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1945 mode, which is all wrong, particularly for the 1931 period. See more
Vivian as a Boy
I'm going to Eton later on.
Eton? Oh I say!
Eton's no joking matter old cock. Half the war cabinet came from there.
Vivian as a Boy
Well they won the war for us, didn't they.
No. I'll tell you who's done that for you, if you like. Me. And 'im. The common fighting man. The most long-suffering bloomin' animal in 'uman creation. Forgotten in peacetime. A 'uman target in wartime. And bewitched and bewildered all the time.
Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty
Written by A.J. Mills
, Fred Godfrey
and Bennett Scott See more