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An Ideal Husband (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | February 1948 (USA)
A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Lajos Biró (screenplay) (as Lajos Biro), Oscar Wilde (play)
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Cast

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

A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's past if he exposes the speculation as a fraud. His problem is compounded by his wife's intolerance of the slightest character flaws. Written by Snow Leopard

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Taglines:

"An Ideal Husband has to look to his future...a woman has to look to her past!"

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un mari idéal See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyde Park, London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Twelve British studio hairdressers and make-up men went on strike protesting Paulette Goddard's use of her own hairdresser during the production of An Ideal Husband (1947). See more »

Quotes

Sir Robert Chiltern: And what prizes did you get, Mrs. Cheveley?
Mrs. Laura Cheveley: My prizes came a little later on in life. I don't think any of them were for good conduct.
Sir Robert Chiltern: I'm sure they were for something charming.
Mrs. Laura Cheveley: I don't know that women are always rewarded for being charming. I think they are usually punished for it.
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Version of An Ideal Husband (1999) See more »

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Beau Brummel
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Music by Edward Elgar
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un-expected fun period piece
10 September 2007 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Written by Oscar Wilde, the credits roll, and it starts out as a droll period piece. Within a few minutes, we are at the fancy gathering with Mrs. Chevely (Paulette Goddard), as she cleverly spars with her old schoolmate who happens to be the hostess, and other guests. We quickly find out what games she is up to, and things pick up a bit. One annoying thing was Miss Mabel's (Glynis Johns) screeching, high pitched voice, but fortunately she doesn't spend much time on screen. Strong performances by Goddard and C. Aubrey Smith as Earl of Caversham, who always played the grand old uncle, the grandfather, the captain, etc. Personally, I liked Goddard's earlier stuff (The Women, Dictator, and a bunch she made with Bob Hope.) "Husband" would be Alexander Korda's last film as director, although he DID write and produce several more films. Michael Wilding, (one of Liz Taylor's many husbands...) plays Viscount Goring. This was remade in 1998 with Sadie Frost and Jonathan Firth. Starts slowly, gets better as it goes along. Technicolor.


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