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An Ideal Husband (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | February 1948 (USA)
A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Lajos Biró (screenplay) (as Lajos Biro), Oscar Wilde (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paulette Goddard ... Mrs. Laura Cheveley
Michael Wilding ... Viscount Arthur Goring
Diana Wynyard ... Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Hugh Williams ... Sir Robert Chiltern
C. Aubrey Smith ... Earl of Caversham, Goring's Father (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
Glynis Johns ... Miss Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert's sister
Constance Collier ... Lady Markby
Christine Norden ... Mrs. Margaret Marchmont
Harriette Johns Harriette Johns ... Olivia, Countess of Basildon
Michael Medwin ... Duke of Nonesuch
Michael Anthony ... Viscomte de Nanjac
Peter Hobbes Peter Hobbes ... Mr. Eddie Montford
John Clifford John Clifford ... Mr. Mason, the Chiltern Butler
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... Phipps, Goring's Butler
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Mr. Tommy Tafford
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Storyline

A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's past if he exposes the speculation as a fraud. His problem is compounded by his wife's intolerance of the slightest character flaws. Written by Snow Leopard

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Taglines:

"An Ideal Husband has to look to his future...a woman has to look to her past!"

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un mari idéal See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyde Park, London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vivien Leigh was originally intended for the role of Laura Cheveley. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Laura Cheveley: An acquaintance that begins with a compliment, is sure to develop into a real friendship. It starts in the right manner.
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Connections

Remade as An Ideal Husband (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Beau Brummel
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Music by Edward Elgar
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More Style Than Substance, But Works Pretty Well
4 March 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story "An Ideal Husband" works pretty well as light entertainment despite some shortcomings. It focuses on the dilemma of a prominent British politician, who wants to expose a financial fraud but who has been threatened with personal ruin if he does. The plot that follows does not really fulfill all of the potential of the situation, but that is probably a deliberate decision, as the story focuses more on the sights, atmosphere, and ways of upper-class society.

It often moves slowly in order to call attention to the sometimes extravagant habits of the characters; sometimes this is effective, sometimes less so. Once it gets going, the pace picks up a little. There are some moments of good subtle humor and commentary, with some of the funniest scenes perhaps being those with Michael Wilding as a wastrel son being confronted by father C. Aubrey Smith. Paulette Goddard is pretty good in an underplayed role as the villainness.

Overall, it scores higher on style than on substance, but perhaps that is exactly as intended, and it is entertaining enough to be worth seeing.


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