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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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A gay, gay British farce of some pretty people in the pursuit of some extra(marital) dividends... See more »

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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

Bruce Banning: If you follow that to its logical conclusion, the only way to be happily married is to live apart!
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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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Only For Hepburn Fans
19 November 2013 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is one of those mediocre British farces from the early 1950s were every one rushes around talking as loudly as they can in the hope that the volume of their speech will make up for the paucity of wit contained in the script.The leading pair are Nigel Patrick in an unusual domestic role,for him anyway,and the delectable Joan Greenwood,who had recently starred magnificently in Kind Hearts and Coronets.Supporting them adequately are Helen Cherry,Guy Middleton and Athene Seyler.However the main matter of note is the featuring of Audrey Hepburn who would not long be constrained by her contract with Associated British picture Corporation.I doubt that she remembered this film with any fondness.


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