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

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Trivia

Vivien Leigh was originally intended for the role of Laura Cheveley. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Laura Cheveley: An acquaintance that begins with a compliment, is sure to develop into a real friendship. It starts in the right manner.
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Connections

Version of An Ideal Husband (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet d'Amour
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Music by Frederic Cowen
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stylish and witty
1 August 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"An Ideal Husband" from 1947 is not Oscar Wilde's most famous comedy, but it is funny nevertheless. This production is directed by Sir Alexander Korda with an English cast with the exception of Paulette Goddard. Goddard plays a "woman with a past," the overly-made up Lady Chevely, who attempts to blackmail Sir Robert Chiltern (Hugh Williams) so that he will encourage support for what is, in essence, a scam in which she has invested. Williams turns to a friend, Viscount Arthur Goring (Michael Wilding) for advice.

This is the type of material that can be hilarious or just charmingly witty, and Korda opted for the latter. As good as it is, the film is nearly upstaged by some of the most gorgeous costumes ever seen, designed by Cecil Beaton. They are truly eye-popping, as is the beautiful color process used in the film.

Everyone is good, including a young, pretty Glynis Johns as Chiltern's as yet unmarried sister, and Lady Diana Wynward as the very moral Lady Chiltern.

This film compares well with the 1999 version starring Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, and Julianne Moore. Moore perhaps exhibited a little more class than Goddard, but Goddard still does a good job. Well, you could certainly believe she was a "woman with a past" at any rate.

Very enjoyable.


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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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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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