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The Law and the Lady (1951)

A beguiling international jewel thief loses her heart.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greer Garson ... Jane Hoskins
Michael Wilding ... Nigel Duxbury
Fernando Lamas ... Juan Dinas
Marjorie Main ... Julia Wortin
Hayden Rorke ... Tracy Collans
Margalo Gillmore ... Cora Caighn
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... James Horace Caighn
Rhys Williams ... Inspector McGraw
Phyllis Stanley ... Lady Sybil Minden
Natalie Schafer ... Pamela Pemberson
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Storyline

A beguiling international jewel thief loses her heart.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Law and the Lady Loverly See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,193,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play "The Last of Mrs. Cheney" by Frederick Lonsdale, upon which this film is based, opened on Broadway at the Fulton Theatre, 210 W. 46th St. on November 9, 1925 and ran for 385 performances until July 10, 1926. See more »

Quotes

Julia Wortin: I haven't had this much fun since the fleet came back from Manila.
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Connections

Version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) See more »

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Entertaining comedy
29 December 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Greer Garson is the lady in question in "The Law and the Lady," a 1951 film also starring Michael Wilding, Marjorie Main and Fernando Lamas. It's a loose remake of "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney." Here, Garson plays a former British household maid at the end of the 19th Century who hooks up with the brother of her ex-employer. They sort of fall into a con game and decide to keep going with it. After being asked to leave several countries when they're discovered cheating at gambling, they travel to America and San Francisco high society. They set their sights on a wealthy woman (Main) and her necklace. Complications arise.

This is a good movie with some very funny dialogue, especially in the beginning - when the lady of the house informs Garson she won't get a reference, she replies, "I won't be needing one. I intend to become a lady, and there are no character references necessary for that." Garson plays her role in a very cool, offhanded manner that is very effective. Wilding is amusing as her partner in crime, and Main is a riot as a tough old rich widow.

All in all, a very charming movie and worth seeing.


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