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On Approval (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 May 1944 (UK)
Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats. When one of the dowagers suggests that her beau go away with her for a month to see if they are compatible, the fireworks begin.

Director:

Clive Brook

Writers:

Frederick Lonsdale (play), Clive Brook (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clive Brook ... George, 10th Duke of Bristol
Beatrice Lillie ... Maria Wislack
Googie Withers ... Helen Hale
Roland Culver ... Richard Halton
E.V.H. Emmett E.V.H. Emmett ... Narrator (voice)
O.B. Clarence ... Dr. Graham
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Parkes
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. McCosh - the Housekeeper (as Elliot Mason)
Hay Petrie ... Hotelkeeper
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Cook
Mollie Munks Mollie Munks ... Jeannie (as Molly Munks)
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Storyline

Victorian London. George, the 10th Duke of Bristol, and his equally upper class friend Richard Halton are both broke. To live, George has had to rent out his London castle to visiting young American socialite Helen Hale. So the only way George has access to his own home is when he is invited to a party hosted by Helen. Much to George's surprise, Richard confesses to him that he is in love from afar with and would like to marry wealthy widowed Maria Wislack, Helen's friend who George considers a haggard, controlling, old (forty-one) shrew of a woman. Richard believes he has no chance with Maria due to the difference in their financial situations. Richard is surprised to find that Maria knows he is in love with her, she in turn attracted to him. However, to test if they will be compatible as husband and wife, Maria proposes they spend one month together in her mansion on an otherwise deserted island off the coast of Scotland, Richard who is to row to the mainland every night and row ... Written by Huggo

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Delicious Engagement in Romantic Comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1944 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ehemann zur Ansicht See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Independent Producers See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After three weeks together, Helen can be seen reading a copy of the novel "Three Weeks" by Elinor Glyn. See more »

Quotes

Maria Wislack: [to George] If you had a little more brain you'd be in an asylum.
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Connections

Version of ITV Playhouse: On Approval (1968) See more »

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Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
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Traditional
Arranged by William Alwyn
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Viewed on 31 December 2003
1 January 2004 | by jpsmith-1See all my reviews

Enjoyed seeing this film on 31 December 2003 on our Channel 31 TV station. Great to see Beatrice Lillie in an early movie performance. We mainly know her from Throughly Modern Millie. Also a pleasure to see a young Googie Withers performing in this film.


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