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Lady Windermere's Fan (1916)

A Lady mistakes her husband's mother for his mistress and takes a lover.


Fred Paul


Oscar Wilde (play)


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Cast overview:
Milton Rosmer ... Lord Windermere
Netta Westcott Netta Westcott ... Lady Windermere
Nigel Playfair Nigel Playfair ... Lord Augustus Lorton
Irene Rooke Irene Rooke ... Mrs Erlynne
Arthur Wontner ... Lord Darlington
Alice De Winton Alice De Winton ... Duchess of Berwick
E. Vivian Reynolds E. Vivian Reynolds ... Mr Dumby
Joyce Kerr Joyce Kerr ... Agatha
Evan Thomas Evan Thomas ... Cecil Graham
Sydney Vautier Sydney Vautier ... Hopper


A Lady mistakes her husband's mother for his mistress and takes a lover.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

15 June 1919 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Interesting antique
6 November 2001 | by gjf221bSee all my reviews

It's hardly daring _ even compared to what D.W. Griffith was doing at the same time in America _ and it's hardly Oscar Wilde. The play's verbal wit, of course, is a casualty _ there's no room for it in the subtitles. Not only has the plot been changed to shoehorn it into 64 minutes of pantomime, but the movie skews the material toward the lachrymose by telling us immediately that Mrs. Erlynne is the title character's mother (and casting such a matronly actress that the idea of Lady Windermere seeing her as a sexual threat is, to put it mildly, far-fetched). And the director usually keeps the camera as solidly planted in one place as a potted palm, and avoids close-ups unless he wants us to read a letter or see a photograph. For all that, it's fast-moving, easy to follow, and not at all embarrassing. It actually does capture some of Oscar Wilde's atmosphere. The actors (one gathers they were West End performers doing a little extra day work) aren't bad _ they are much less hammy than Griffith's stock company. But the liveliest scene, oddly, has nothing to do with the plot. It's a visit to a dog show, possibly done on location, with advertisements for Spratt's Dog Food plastered in every vacant spot. (Product placement in 1916?) I think the director liked the dogs more than he liked the play.

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