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Bertie and Jeeves It Ain't, But Still ...
henri sauvage30 May 2014
Although the basic plot is straight out of P. G. Wodehouse -- wealthy relative threatens to cut off playboy's allowance if he doesn't get married to one of the "acceptable" girls on her list, so he sets out to preemptively marry them off to someone else -- along with its leisurely pacing, "Wedding Rehearsal" is something of a hit-and-miss affair. This is more a pleasant comedy of manners in the British mode, with a dollop of social commentary, than a romantic farce. If you approach it as such, it has its small rewards, some nice comic characterizations and occasionally witty dialog.

You certainly can't fault the quality of the actors, or the production values, not to mention the location shots of London in the early 30s. There are some great moments, such as when the dowager steels herself to give her twin daughters the "what to expect on your wedding night" speech on the eve of their double wedding, while the twins try their best to look innocent.

I wouldn't recommend "Wedding Rehearsal" to most modern viewers, but if you're a fan of actors like Roland Young and Merle Oberon, and like that between-the-wars British aristocratic milieu, you might find yourself enjoying the film. I did.
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Sort of 'Four Weddings (minus a funeral)'
ADAM-5324 October 2000
Minor London Films comedy, chiefly interesting now because of the number of British actors it features who later went on to greater things. The plot concerns the Marquis of Buckminster (Roland Young), who must marry or be cut out of a rich relative's will. Instead he sets about marrying off all his friends to the eligible girls on his relative's hit-list in an attempt to save himself from such a ghastly fate. Only as the moon sets on the day of his friends' weddings does he finally find himself smitten...

Not as witty nor as farcical as it pretends to be, Young (later Mr Topper) gives a marvellous performance that makes it sort of worthwhile. Other notables include John Loder, Wendy Barrie (of The Saint, Falcon and Sherlock Holmes films), Joan Gardner (later Mrs Zoltan Korda), Maurice Evans (later Dr Zaius in Planet of the Apes) and a stunning Merle Oberon. Something perhaps for an older generation - or those deeply in love with early cinema - to savour, but an acquired taste for everybody else.
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a charming yawn
blanche-211 October 2009
Roland Young stars in "Wedding Rehearsal," a 1932 British film with Wendy Barrie, Joan Gardner, and Merle Oberon. Young plays the Marquis of Buckminster who has to get married or get cut out of a will which would enable him to inherit quite a lot of money. Plus, his mother wants grandchildren. She gives him a list of suitable women, and the Marquis manages to get them married off so he doesn't have to marry one of them himself. Then he realizes he's in love with someone who didn't make the list.

Several of these actors went to Hollywood - most notably, Roland Young, Wendy Barrie, and Merle Oberon. Oberon is gorgeous and hardly in the film. Barrie and Gardner play twins Lady Mary Rose and Lady Rose Mary. Gardner was married to Alexander Korda's brother Zoltan until his death in 1961; she eventually retired to raise a family.

This is a charming film, very light, with a sweet ending. It doesn't have a lot of substance, though, and it drags. Still, it has its charms.
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Korda's first British film
malcolmgsw29 March 2014
Korda had gone from Hungary to the US before landing on these shores.In this first film we see the early London Films logo and much of the trademark signs of Kordas films.It is no surprise that this his first British film is concerned with manners of the British aristocracy much the same as his penultimate film as a director "An Ideal Gentleman".The most impressive part of the film though is the beginning where the news of Vesuvius erupting and killing thousands of people is displaced from the front page by news of social happenings with the undercurrent of a chorus.It feels like Korda is digging with sly humour at the aristocracy.This is really a rather amusing film and at 76 minutes was clearly designed to qualify for the quota requirements.
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Little known British charmer
Bucs19606 March 2009
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I had fun with this grows on you, probably because of the charm of the players. The story is light - an unmarried peer is being pushed into marriage by his grandmother and must try to arrange that all the eligible women on her list are married off to others in order to preserve his bachelorhood. Amid all of his machinations, he fails to recognize where love lies and all's well that ends well.

Roland Young is absolutely whimsical in the lead and is supported by a host of future stars and familiar faces......Merle Oberon (who would later marry the film's director Alexander Korda and attain stardom in Hollywood), John Loder, Wendy Barrie, and Maurice Evans. Morton Selten as Harry bringing violets to Kate Cutler as Young's soigne grandmother are a delightful couple who also end up at the altar. The upper classes are portrayed as a dithering lot of fatuous dunces but it is all in fun. It's a delightful excursion into early British comedy.
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A matter of taste
westerfieldalfred1 January 2017
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Unlike some of the reviewers, I found Wedding Rehearsal be one of the most charming, romantic and funny films I've seen in years. It's a bit slow at times, particularly in the beginning. However, once we meet the twins at the estate, their charm makes everything worthwhile. Things go good and bad numerous times but never repetitively so. Young works his magic on everyone concerned except, of course, himself. The old couples are particularly droll and loving. At the rehearsal the pace is frenetic and lots of fun. People running everywhere but with a (silly) purpose. Love triumphs for all - 6 marriages and 2 rekindled romances. What could be nicer? All of the actors are wonderful, particularly Young and Oberon (in her first role). The music was exceptionally well done but a bit overbearing at times. Except for a few seconds of decay, the print was sparkling. What more can I say? I'll watch it again soon.
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Those Shropshire twins
bkoganbing5 October 2018
Wedding Rehearsal is an interesting and gloriously dated film of upper class society in Great Britain between the World Wars. It's hard to believe that these twits actually ruled a world wide empire, coming apart at the seams as it was in 1932.

Roland Young a titled Marquis loves the life of a bachelor, but unless he gets married and quick he's going to be cut out of the will and then heaven forfend might have to go to work. So he becomes a matchmaker to the Shropshire twins Wendy Barrie and Joan Gardner to a pair of commoners but with the distinctly British upper crust names of Binkie (John Loder) and Toodles (Maurice Evans).

In the meantime it's commoner Merle Oberon who sets her cap for Young and of course what do you think happens in the end. Not terribly hard to figure out.

To say this is dated is to say milk is white. Back in the day Hitler over in the Germany he took over used to import films like this to show how truly decadent the British had become and what an easy place it would be to knock over. After looking at Wedding Rehearsal you might think so.

This was Alexander Korda's first film and he did love the British aristocracy.

Binkie and Toodles? I mean, really.
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not charmed
grnhair200111 May 2012
I was not charmed by this. I was bored by this.

A rich fellow must find a wife or lose his allowance.

This is a film from 1930, and while there are good films from 1930, this would not be one of them. The acting is odd, the lines are stilted, there are long pauses during which I kept expecting the director to shout "cut!" Comedy depends upon.


More than anything else, that is what romantic comedy is, and this amateurish, dated thing is lurching in its timing. Four years later, It Happened One Night was filmed, so either someone figured out how to deliver, direct, and edit snappy dialog in just four years, or they knew before (my suspicion) and this movie is simply inept.
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