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The Law and the Lady (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 July 1951 (USA)
A beguiling international jewel thief loses her heart.

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Edwin H. Knopf
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greer Garson ... Jane Hoskins
Michael Wilding ... Nigel Duxbury
Fernando Lamas ... Juan Dinas
Marjorie Main ... Julia Wortin
Hayden Rorke ... Tracy Collans
Margalo Gillmore ... Cora Caighn
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... James Horace Caighn
Rhys Williams ... Inspector McGraw
Phyllis Stanley ... Lady Sybil Minden
Natalie Schafer ... Pamela Pemberson
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A beguiling international jewel thief loses her heart.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Law and the Lady Loverly See more »

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Budget:

$1,193,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss for MGM of $395,000 ($3.8M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Nigel Duxbury: You talk like Gladstone and look like Helen of Troy.
Jane Hoskins: You look like a duke and act like the Artful Dodger.
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Version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) See more »

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Garson near the end of her reign as MGM's queen in a comedy trifle...
29 September 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

It looks as though MGM didn't go to much expense to make THE LAW AND THE LADY, a re-working of an earlier vehicle that once starred Norma Shearer in a first version and then Joan Crawford.

The main trouble is not the script, which has some fairly good lines and situations, but the miscasting of ladylike GREER GARSON in the central role. She has so much class and sophistication that it's impossible to believe she's anything less than an aristocrat from head to toe. In fact, the revelation that she's really a working class girl comes as a shock of disbelief. This is similar to Audrey Hepburn being more believable as Liza the lady in MY FAIR LADY than Liza the gutter snipe.

Handsome FERNANDO LANZA isn't asked to do too much but he does it very well and MICHAEL WILDING appears to be enjoying himself pretending to be Garson's valet. But the comic presence of MARJORIE MAIN as a rich, tough talking widow who keeps her jewels in a wall safe saves the film from becoming static as it weaves its way through the slight story of two jewel thieves (Garson and Wilding) going about their business as partners in crime--until the law finally catches up with them.

It passes the time pleasantly enough but amounts to little more than a trifle.


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