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Cluny Brown (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, War | 29 May 1946 (Sweden)
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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At Last...The Stars You've Wanted - In Each Other's Arms! (original half-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El pecado de Cluny Brown See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1950 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When Cluny and Adam and Hilary are in Hilary's living room, just after Cluny says "It's so wonderful to be a cat and read the Daily Mail," the boom mic can be seen in the mirror above Adam's head. See more »

Quotes

Sir Henry Carmel: Well, she needn't have dropped the platter and insulted my friend. What was it she said to you?
Syrette: I remember very well, sir. It was, if I may take the liberty of repeating it, 'Nuts to the squirrels.'
Sir Henry Carmel: Doesn't make sense!
Adam Belinski: No, it doesn't. It should be 'Squirrels to the nuts.' But I have an open mind, and if someone says to me 'Nuts to the squirrels,' I accept it. You may be inclined to say that to me yourself some day, when you know me better - and I'm not so sure that you will include the '...
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My Favorite Lubitsch Movie
3 November 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

I would put "Desire" ahead of this. He directed some of it. But of movies for which Lubitsch got sole directories credit, this charming tale is my favorite.

Charles Boyer is delightful. Richard Haydn is hilarious as the stuffy pharmacist who woos the title character.

And as the title character, Jennifer Jones is lovely and very funny, in just the subtle way the script calls for. She was again to show her comic skills in "Beat The Devil." There she is an outright scream. Based on just these two performances, she must be counted as one of screen history's most adroit comediennes -- though her career generally took her in very different directions.

The only part of "Cluny Brown" that makes me uncomfortable is the insertion of jokes about Nazism in a comedy. Yes, "To Be Or Not To Be" is built around that but "Cluny Brown" is a softer movie. It is a sort of drawing room comedy with some racy undertones. The plumbing: OK, it was and still is unusual for a woman to be a plumber. But this is about sex and class. (In a way, it is a slighter "Rules of the Game.") I don't care for the meanness in much of Lubitsch. Certainly he was a beautiful craftsman. But no matter how often I watch "Trouble In Paradise," I can't seem to like it.

"Cluny Brown" is filled with enormously likable characters. Buffoons too, but they aren't evil. It's one-of-a-kind -- and it's very funny and enormously charming.


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