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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

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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A Farce of Deception
8 March 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a movie version of one of those brittle post-war stage farces, originally written by Ronald Jeans. Given then-current housing shortages, two couples -- Joan Greenwood & Nigel Patrick; Derek Farr & Helen Cherry -- are sharing a house. Each has one toddler, and only Miss Greenwood to work act dogsbody for the menage. Given her super-posh accent, she is an absolute flub at it, but she does get to show some athleticism as she leaps from one disaster to the next. When Miss Cherry locates a decent nanny for the children in the person of Athene Seyler, everyone thinks for a moment that the situation is saved, but for the purposes of the plot, they tell her the children are siblings, and she believes Miss Greenwood is married to Mr. Farr. The usual comedy of misconstruction ensues, carried on by speed by and the abilities of the cast. Alas, the effort never quite opens up beyond its stage origins.

Movie fans will want to see this for a sizable supporting role by Audrey Hepburn. She plays a young woman who has a room in the house and whose salient quality is she is terrified of men. Although her character connects loosely with the plot at several points, I had the distinct impression that at some stage of the movie's origins -- perhaps before the play actually opened -- the role was actually much larger. Now it is largely vestigial, even if it is the main reason the movie is remembered.


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