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The Fan (1949)

Lord Windermere appears to all -including to his young wife Margaret - as the perfect husband. But their happy marriage is placed at risk when Lord Windermere starts spending his afternoons... See full summary »

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Otto Preminger
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Lady Margaret 'Meg' Windermere
Madeleine Carroll ... Mrs. Erlynne
George Sanders ... Lord Robert Darlington
Richard Greene ... Lord Arthur Windermere
Martita Hunt ... Duchess of Berwick
John Sutton ... Cecil Graham
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Lord Augustus Lorton
Richard Ney ... Mr. James Hopper
Virginia McDowall Virginia McDowall ... Lady Agatha
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Randy Stuart ... American Girl
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Lord Windermere appears to all -including to his young wife Margaret - as the perfect husband. But their happy marriage is placed at risk when Lord Windermere starts spending his afternoons with an adventuress who is working her way through London's high society, Mrs. Erlynne. Worse, Windermere gives her big sums of money. To crown it all he asks his wife to invite the detestable woman to her own birthday party. Upset and outraged, the puritan Lady Windermere decides to leave her husband and goes to Lord Robert Darlington, who has been courting her for some time. Unfortunately she leaves her fan -the one Robert offered her for her birthday - in Robert's house... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1950 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

L'éventail de Lady Windermere See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Top billed Jeanne Crain does not turn up until 18 minutes in. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Erlynne: How easy life is for men! A freshly pressed suit - and they are young again.
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Version of L'éventail de Lady Windermere (1961) See more »

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Yes I counted all the famous Wildean aphorisms
10 September 2015 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

Preferably before you watch this production I would urge all users to see what in my opinion is the definitive professional performance of this famous 1892 Wilde play which was televised in 1985 and which starred: Helena Little as Lady W., Tim Woodward as Lord W., Stephanie Turner as Mrs Erlynne, Kenneth Cranham as Lord Darlington and Sara Kestelman as the Duchess of Berwick.Yes all the famous quotes are there in this film:1."I can resist everything except temptation" 2."We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars"3."Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes"4."What's a cynic?"- "A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing".

Having played Lord Henry Wooton (Oscar's alter ego in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"(1946) George Sanders again assumes this mantle of giving Oscar's aphorisms another tryout playing Lord Darlington.Unless American actors are skilled at British accents (e.g.Renee Zellweger, Gwyneth Paltrow etc.), I find they grate on me as does Jeanne Crain as Lady W.Seeing Richard Greene (Robin Hood from the famous UK 1950s TV series) playing Lord W.gave me a mild shock but Martita Hunt as the Duchess of Berwick was a pleasant surprise.

I don't like Hollywood versions of classic plays as it tends to add a superficial gloss on original British productions and add lines which are not consonant with the original text.I nevertheless enjoyed this film shown in its entirety on www.youtube.com and awarded it 6/10 as I was thrilled to see Madeleine Carroll playing Mrs Erlynne who I have admired since she played the female lead in Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (1935).


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