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The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 August 1952 (Ireland)
When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.

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Anthony Asquith
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Redgrave ... Ernest Worthing
Richard Wattis ... Seton
Michael Denison ... Algernon Moncrieff
Walter Hudd ... Lane
Edith Evans ... Lady Bracknell
Joan Greenwood ... Gwendolen Fairfax (Her Daughter)
Dorothy Tutin ... Cecily Cardew
Margaret Rutherford ... Miss Prism
Miles Malleson ... Canon Chasuble
Aubrey Mather ... Merriman
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Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are two men that are both pretending to be someone they are not. Written by Simone Denvile

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They don't come any wilder than Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1952 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernst sein ist alles See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Anthony Asquith's first film in colour. See more »

Quotes

Lady Bracknell: To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people an opportunity of finding out each other's characters before marriage. Which I think is never advisable
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Version of The United States Steel Hour: Who's Earnest? (1957) See more »

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Wildely Funny
11 February 2005 | by rsoseSee all my reviews

This is a tremendous movie based on a tremendous play. Oscar Wilde, despite his personal quirks, or maybe because of them, was a master of wit and language. When he wished to be serious, his works are also well written.

This movie, and others based upon his works (The Picture of Dorian Gray, etc.) are all masterpieces of art.

The Importance of being Earnest has been remade successfully, the dialog cannot be better. The situation, while complicated, is hysterical, and everything fits into place, especially at the end. In the 1952 version the play by Wilde was well adapted by writer/director Anthony Asquith. The portrayals of all the case, of Redgrave, as Redgrave as Jack, of Evans as Lady Bracknell, even that of Malleson as Canon Chasuble are sparkling, and the movie could not have been more enjoyable.

Recent remakes of Wilde's movies, including that of The Importance of Being Earnest, are well done. This original movie, however, should be seen by anyone appreciating comedy, and want to watch a great film.


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