An Ideal Husband (November 13, 1947)

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An Ideal Husband
 

Released on November 13, 1947: A lovely woman arrives in London who has the power to destroy one of England's wealthiest and best respected leaders.

Produced by Alexander Korda

Directed by Alexander Korda

The Actors: Paulette Goddard (Mrs. Laura Cheveley), Michael Wilding (Viscount Arthur Goring), Diana Wynyard (Lady Gertrude Chiltern), Hugh Williams (Sir Robert Chiltern), C. Aubrey Smith (Goring's father the Earl of Caversham), Glynis Johns (Sir Robert's sister Mabel), Constance Collier (Lady Markby), Christine Norden (Mrs. Margaret Marchmont), Harriette Johns (Olivia the Countess of Basildon), Michael Medwin (Duke of Nonesuch), Michael Anthony (Viscomte de Nanjac), Peter Hobbes (Mr. Eddie Montford), John Clifford (Mr. Mason, the Chiltern butler), Fred Groves (Phipps, the Goring butler), Michael Ward (Mr. Tommy Tafford), Ronald Adam (Member of Parliament)

 

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Beautiful Idiots, Brilliant Lunatics, and their Ladies

If you were wanting to produce a science fiction fantasy, could there be a better movie title than the title of this movie? But today we will not enjoy a fantasy . . . . . rather a romantic comedy about love, lies and lovers. As our adventure opens we travel back to the Naughty Nineties. . . . No, not the 1990’s, but the 1890’s. . . . We meet Sir Robert Chiltern and his beautiful wife Lady Gertrude. . . . If there were ever a storybook couple this would be it. Cinderella and Prince Charming would appear quite ordinary next to them. Sir Robert is a brilliant gentleman. . . . Wealthy. . . . . Refined. . . . . Well-born. . . . An Ideal Husband. This night Sir Robert and his wife are hosting a party for the upper crust of England, and the home is filled with handsome men and beautiful women . . . . And the mysterious and devious Laura Cheveley, played by Paulette Goddard. Sir Robert has never met her before, but soon, with a few words spoken privately to Sir Robert, she will turn his life upside down and he may lose his position, his wealth and his wife. . . . Whoa. . . . This is one powerful woman. . . . She will blackmail Sir Robert with such ease and grace . . . And yet it will turn out harsher than being attacked by a thug in a dark alley. The movie is often presented as a comedy, possibly because of the awesome wordplay that is often found in British works, but few with as many ‘I wish I had said that’ sayings as this one. There are so many very witty lines that I soon lost count. One of my favorites was when Michael Wilding said he wanted to give Mrs. Cheveley a piece of advice and she cut him off in mid-sentence to tell him that a gentleman should never give a lady anything that she cannot wear at night. Comedy it is, but for the vast majority of the story I would call it dark comedy. . . . I may be a bit biased, but the ladies in this story of lies, love and power are totally and impressively in control of the men. . . . Not terribly funny if you are a guy. . . . . But of course, ever since Adam met Eve, beautiful ladies have had complete control of their men. . . . And for some reason we don’t seem to mind. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

C. Aubrey Smith and Michael Wilding
C. Aubrey Smith and Michael Wilding
C. Aubrey Smith and Michael Wilding
C. Aubrey Smith and Michael Wilding
C. Aubrey Smith and Michael Wilding
C. Aubrey Smith and Michael Wilding
C. Aubrey Smith
C. Aubrey Smith
Christine Norden and Harriet Johns
Christine Norden and Harriet Johns
Christine Norden
Christine Norden
Constance Collier
Constance Collier
Diana Wynyard
Diana Wynyard
Diana Wynyard and Hugh Williams
Diana Wynyard and Hugh Williams
Diana Wynyard and Michael Wilding
Diana Wynyard and Michael Wilding
Diana Wynyard and Paulette Goddard
Diana Wynyard and Paulette Goddard
Diana Wynyard
Diana Wynyard
Fred Groves
Fred Groves
Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns and Christine Norden
Glynis Johns and Christine Norden
Glynis Johns and Michael Wilding
Glynis Johns and Michael Wilding
Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
Harriette Johns
Harriette Johns
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams and Paulette Goddard
Hugh Williams and Paulette Goddard
Hugh Williams
Hugh Williams
Michael Wilding
Michael Wilding
Michael Wilding and C. Aubrey Smith
Michael Wilding and C. Aubrey Smith
Michael Wilding and Diana Wynyard
Michael Wilding and Diana Wynyard
Michael Wilding and Fred Groves
Michael Wilding and Fred Groves
Michael Wilding and Glynis Johns
Michael Wilding and Glynis Johns
Michael Wilding and Paulette Goddard
Michael Wilding and Paulette Goddard
Michael Wilding
Michael Wilding
Michael Wilding
Michael Wilding
Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard and Hugh Williams
Paulette Goddard and Hugh Williams
Paulette Goddard
Paulette Goddard