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Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 10 December 1948 (USA)
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Sir Alfred De Carter 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 ... See full summary »

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Preston Sturges

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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 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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Will somebody "get her" tonite? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

Carole Landis, who was dating Rex Harrison at the time, was originally set to play Daphne. Personal problems between them caused her to be replaced by Linda Darnell. See more »

Goofs

During the rehearsal scene. A cigarette pack disappears from the podium as Harrison conducts. See more »

Quotes

Barbara: You see, some men just naturally make you think of Brut champagne. With others you think of prune juice.
August Henshler: Oh, ho!
Barbara: You have nothing to laugh at!
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Soundtracks

Francesca da Rimini, Opus 32
(1876) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilystch Tchaikowski)
Played during the opening credits, at the concert and often in the score
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Remarkably well made but as deeply felt as a drawer of silverware
18 April 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

I've never quite loved Preston Sturges as a director or Rex Harrison as an actor, so having the two of them together here didn't bode well, and I thought I'd announce my bias. And sure enough, on this second viewing I was reminded of a kind of crisp calculation that both of them have. Sturges makes amazing movies, no question, and the best of them (Palm Beach Story is my favorite) are hilarious classics. To see this one for what it offers you might first see a classic Sturges screwball from 1941 or 1942. But even those are clinical at heart (if they have a heart), so it's a little like sipping a very dry, clean martini and getting drunk. Alone. No olives. Wit and sophistication do better in the hands of Cole Porter, somehow, but see for yourself.

Harrison the actor overcomes his harsh demeanor in a movie like My Fair Lady because the music and the style there give him some kind of liberty, but here he is supposed to be sympathetic in his demented cruelty, and I only wish him failure. He is, to be sure, plotting the death of his wife. Three times. And then the fourth, beyond the symphony podium, with its madcap bedlam. It's funny in that zany way you have to laugh at. And you will laugh.

I love classical music and like the structure of the film, but as usual with Sturges, this structure makes the whole process detached and too too clever. Sturges himself wrote the screenplay for this idea way back in 1932, and if it had been shot then, before the Hays code, before the real rise of screwball, we would have had a very different movie. But what we have here is admirable and interesting, for sure, if not the zinger it could have been with a different tilt.


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