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Cluny Brown (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, War | 2 June 1946 (USA)
A free-spirited parlor maid and a Czech refugee surprise an English village with their unconventional ways.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay), Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Adam Belinski
Jennifer Jones ... Cluny Brown
Peter Lawford ... Andrew Carmel
Helen Walker ... Betty Cream
Reginald Gardiner ... Hilary Ames
Reginald Owen ... Sir Henry Carmel
C. Aubrey Smith ... Col. Charles Duff Graham (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
Richard Haydn ... Jonathan Wilson
Margaret Bannerman Margaret Bannerman ... Lady Alice Carmel
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Maile
Ernest Cossart ... Syrette
Florence Bates ... Dowager at Ames' Party
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Wilson
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Storyline

Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate. While there, she becomes friendly with Adam Belinski, a charming Czech refugee. She also becomes interested in a dull shopkeeper named Mr. Wilson. Belinski soon falls in love with Cluny and tries to keep her from marrying Wilson. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cluny Brown See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,155
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #997. See more »

Goofs

Midway through the film, Andrew Carmel drives through the village on his way to his parents' country house. However, when Belinski leaves the Carmel house he is driven through the village traveling in the same direction on the same road as Andrew was driving towards the house. See more »

Quotes

Hilary Ames: Relieve the drain, remove the strain. Bit of a poet, eh? Heh, heh.
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Jennifer Jones IS Cluny Brown
12 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Boy, here's a movie that is just crying out for a DVD release for its fans....and one with English subtitles on it. I would buy it immediately if it ever becomes available.

The attraction is simply Jennifer Jones doing what she does best: play a beautiful, sweet and innocent girl....the kind "you want to take home to momma!"

It must be all Jones that makes me desire to see this on DVD because (1) there really isn't much of a story here, which leads to some dry spots; (2) Charles Boyer's french accent is too tough to understand many times; (3) there is the usual mistaken-identity story which was so popular (and usually stupid) in old movies; (4) the cinematography isn't much; (5) most of the humor is so corny, it's stupid.

Yet, despite all the negatives above, this film is one I want to see again because Jones - "Cluny Brown" - plays one of the most likable, old-fashioned nice characters I've ever seen on film. It is as pretty as she ever looked and you'd be hard-pressed to find a sweeter more innocent character. She is just a pleasure to watch.

Rarely have I seen one person elevate a so-so movie to this degree.


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