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

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A treat if you like '50s movies
6 December 2005 | by booklinedroomSee all my reviews

I love this comedy and have watched it umpteen times. I haven't seen it for a while so the details of the plot escape me, but they don't really matter. What is so good about it is the unselfconscious depiction of London picking itself up after World War II, and the relaxed comedy style of the actors, most of whom will be familiar faces to anyone who watched British TV in the '70s too. Joan Greenwood is a dream as usual - watch out for the vault over the sofa - as a young housewife feeling ever so slightly bored with staying at home and the continuing hardships of the period - and where else could you see Athene Seyler, Fabia Drake and Irene Handl all together? Last and far from least there is a charming appearance from Audrey Hepburn in her fifth film. The men are good but this is really a treasury of female performances. It's all very light and stylish without being over-glamorous, very refreshing.

Also, for serious buffs, the cinematographer was the great Erwin Hillier who worked with F.W. Murnau on 'Tabu', with Fritz Lang on 'M', and with Powell and Pressburger on 'A Canterbury Tale' and 'I Know Where I'm Going', and many other major movies.


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