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Our Betters (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 March 1933 (USA)
Although the British upper class may be thought our betters in society, but they are certainly not our betters, and perhaps our equals, in morality.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (play), Jane Murfin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Lady Pearl Grayston
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Duchess (as Violet Kemble-Cooper)
Phoebe Foster ... Princess
Grant Mitchell ... Thornton Clay
Charles Starrett ... Fleming Harvey
Anita Louise ... Bessie
Gilbert Roland ... Pepi D'Costa
Minor Watson ... Arthur Fenwick
Hugh Sinclair ... Lord Bleane
Alan Mowbray ... Lord George Grayston
Harold Entwistle Harold Entwistle ... Pole
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Howell ... Mrs. Saunders (scenes deleted)
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Mr. Saunders (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

American heiress Pearl Saunders marries Lord George Grayston but later sees him embracing his lover on their wedding day. She has his title and he has her money; thereafter they are rarely seen together. Pearl is accepted by the British aristocracy and is presented at court, but creates a scandal by wearing black. She encourages her younger sister, Bessie, who idolizes her, to respond to the attentions of Lord Harry Bleane despite Bessie preferring American Fleming Harvey. Pearl gives a weekend party at the Grayston estate inviting close friends, including her lover, Arthur Fenwick; her friend, Duchess Minnie and Minnie's gigolo companion, Pepi D'Costa; as well as Bessie, Lord Bleane and Harvey. Pepi, who had been meeting Pearl on the sly, discretely suggests a rendezvous with her in the new teahouse on the property. Both make some pretext to leave but are seen by Minnie entering the teahouse. Vindictive Minnie pretends to have left her purse in the teahouse and sends Bessie to fetch ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haute société See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 12 March 1917 and closed in June 1917 after 112 performances. It was revived on 20 February 1928 with Ina Claire as Pearl, Constance Collier as the Duchess, Reginald Bach (who also directed) as Thornton Clay, and with Lillian Kemble-Cooper and Madge Evans. The revival ran for 128 performances and closed in June 1928. See more »

Goofs

When Pepi and Minnie meet the day after his "indescretion", in one shot he's lighting a cigarette and standing to the left of a table between himself and Minnie. In the next closer shot, still lighting the cigarette, he's now standing to the right of the table and next to Minnie. Furthermore, the lighter suddenly changes from Pepi's left hand to his right. See more »

Quotes

Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: I can't imagine what you see in him. Surely, you must know -
Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: [cutting Pearl off sharply] There's very little about him I don't know. He's a gambler, a spendthrift, and an idler. But, in his way, he's fond of me. You can see he's fond of me, can't you?
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: Well, I suppose there's no good talking. If he makes you happy...
Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: He doesn't! He makes me miserable. I love him. He wants to marry me, Pearl.
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: Oh! Minnie, you're not going to!
Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: Oh, no. I'm not such a fool as that. Why, if I married him, I'd have no ...
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Soundtracks

God Save the Queen!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played at the end of the royal court scenes
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Delightful play
19 May 2003 | by aberlour36See all my reviews

This is a delightfully bitter and witty play by Maugham, adapted to film almost exactly as it appeared on stage. Kemble as Minnie steals the show. And the last scene, between Minnie and the dance instructor, is simply hilarious. Charles Starrett, later a Western star in "B" movies, is wooden, and poor Gilbert Roland doesn't have a lot to work with in the script. But the others sparkle and shine, telling us what sophisticated light comedy can be at its best. What a shame this has not appeared on VHS.


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