The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Anthony Asquith's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's witty play of mistaken identities stars Michael Redgrave as rich bachelor Jack Worthing. Jack's friend is Algernon Moncrieft (Michael Denison), a poor bloke living on credit. Jack refers mysteriously to Algernon about his country retreat, which drives Algernon to distraction, trying to figure out where Jack goes on the weekends. Jack is also in love with Algernon's attractive cousin Gwendolen (Joan Greenwood). He also has a ward, Cecily Cardew … More

Rating: PG (mild sensuality)
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
On DVD: Jun 25, 2002
Runtime:

Cast


as Jack Worthing

as Lady Bracknell

as Algernon Moncrieff

as Cecily Cardew

as Miss Prism

as Canon Chasuble

as Gwendolyn Fairfax

as Merriman
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Critic Reviews for The Importance of Being Earnest

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Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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The perfect cast - Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Margaret Rutherford - and the perfect director (Anthony Asquith) know just how seriously (not very) to take this amoral satire on society's falsity.

Full Review… | May 5, 2014
Daily Telegraph

For an audience that takes pleasure in the all-too-rare art of faithful adaptations that vivify rather than embalming their sources [...] Asquith's conservative handling is just what the confirmed and secret Bunburyist ordered.

Full Review… | February 8, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Importance of Being Earnest

Old school drawing room wit and sensibilities like honey for your tea in this 1962 romcom about mistaken identities and amour, darling.

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Apeneck Fletcher

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½

The premire film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comic masterpeice is this 1952 version. The very model of wit and whimsy that came so naturally in the 50's and comes so rarely today. A confirmed bumburist myself, The Importance of Being Ernest was the first play I ever saw and since then I have become an avid fan of Oscar Wilde. There have been several versions but this is truly the best, with no unnecesary scenes or added dialogue, just the exact words of the brilliant play. Every Wilde fan will be perfectly satistfied. Best watched with an older aunty or uncle, some cucumber sandwiches and a cup of tea for some pure Wilde indulgent delight.

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Jeremy Smith

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Oh THIS IS FUNNY!

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Wahida K

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