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Young Wives' Tale (1951)

A post-war housing crisis leaves a shy woman to share a house with two couples. Comic situations arise as the new roomer becomes infatuated with one of the husbands.

Director:

Henry Cass

Writers:

Anne Burnaby, Ronald Jeans (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joan Greenwood ... Sabina Pennant
Nigel Patrick ... Rodney Pennant
Derek Farr ... Bruce Banning
Guy Middleton ... Victor Manifold
Athene Seyler ... Nanny Gallop
Helen Cherry ... Mary Banning
Audrey Hepburn ... Eve Lester
Fabia Drake ... Nanny Blott
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Selma Vaz Dias Selma Vaz Dias ... Ayah
Irene Handl ... Nanny
Carole James Carole James ... Elizabeth
Jack McNaughton Jack McNaughton ... Cab driver
Brian Oulton ... Man in pub
Joan Sanderson ... Nurse
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A post-war housing crisis leaves a shy woman to share a house with two couples. Comic situations arise as the new roomer becomes infatuated with one of the husbands.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gift på vift See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

At the start when Joan Greenwood takes the washing from the line to the house, the basket is overflowing and untidy. When she enters the house the items are neatly tucked inside the basket she is carrying. See more »

Quotes

Nanny: Stop following me, young woman or I'll call a park keeper and give you in charge.
Mary Banning: But Nanny, I'm simply putting a business proposition to you.
Nanny: Ah. I've heard about girls being tempted by strangers. With promises of high wages and an easy life. How many of them have ever been seen again?
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Crazy Credits

Opening and closing credits are presented on towels hanging on a washing line. See more »

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Referenced in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) See more »

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Glamorous share renting with Audrey Hepburn
9 October 2018 | by dsewizzrd-1See all my reviews

This damaged film was probably only recovered because it has a young Audrey Hepburn, way down the credits list. There are quite a few missing frames after 00:35. The film itself, adapted from a wordy radio play, is a domestic farce-drama with two middle class couples living in a supposedly crowded but seemingly spacious house in the suburbs during the postwar housing shortage. No doubt on the wireless - for which it was originally written - it could have sounded suitably claustrophobic and drab. However the cinema was about fantasy, and the producers decided to set in the film in what would have been considered at the time fabulous middle class luxury. No attempt was made to adapt it for that change. They look for a nanny - even though one of the women has no job and could presumably look after two children - and this and an absolute rotter in an Austin Atlantic lead to a dreadful situation. Product placement - Lux soap flakes.


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