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Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 10 December 1948 (USA)
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Sir Alfred De Carter (Sir Rex Harrison) suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation. When the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... Sir Alfred De Carter
Linda Darnell ... Daphne De Carter
Rudy Vallee ... August Henshler
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara Henshler
Kurt Kreuger ... Tony Windborn
Lionel Stander ... Hugo Standoff
Edgar Kennedy ... Detective Sweeney
Al Bridge ... House Detective (as Alan Bridge)
Julius Tannen ... O'Brien
Torben Meyer ... Dr. Schultz
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Sir Alfred De Carter (Sir Rex Harrison) suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation. When the concert ends, he tries acting out his fantasies, but things do not go as well in reality as they did in his imagination. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

10 December 1948 (USA) See more »

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Symphony Story See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The orchestral conductor, Sir Alfred De Carter, was based loosely on the real-life British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Beecham was the son of pharmacist Sir Joseph Beecham, the inventor of the laxative Beecham's Pills. Accordingly, Sir Rex Harrison's character, Sir Alfred De Carter, is said to be named after Carter's Little Liver Pills, the American equivalent. See more »

Goofs

"Antigonish", a town in Nova Scotia, is mispronounced by an airline official at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Alfred: There's nothing wrong with me that a couple of magnums of Champagne won't cure!
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Soundtracks

Semiramide Overture
(1823) (uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played at the concert and often in the score
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Very black but hysterical
16 October 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

World famous conductor Sir Alfred De Carter (Rex Harrison) is in love with his young beautiful wife Daphne (Linda Darnell). He suspects her of cheating on him and, while conducting three separate pieces at a performance, figures out three different ways of punishing her--including murder. When he tries to carry them out everything goes wrong.

This movie is, at times, very black. It starts out pretty funny with Harrison spitting out his lines rapidly and his sense of comic timing was just perfect. When he has the fantasies though it turns dark and is pretty gruesome--especially for 1948. However, when he tries to carry them out and things go wrong, the film is uproarious. I've seen this film three times and I STILL laugh out loud at the last section. I saw it at a revival theatre two times and people were literally bent over in their seats helpless with laughter! This isn't for everybody--it was a critical and commercial bomb in 1948 and a lot of people still find it too sick to be funny. I can see their point--there's nothing funny about a man trying to kill his wife, but this is a MOVIE--not real life. It all ends happily also.

My only problem, and this is minor, was Darnell. She seems miscast here. But the script is quick and witty, the cast is great and they all go full throttle and the use of music is superb. Basically one of the funniest black comedies ever made. A must see! This gets a 10 all the way.

"Purple with plumes on the hips"


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