Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Unfaithfully Yours (1948)




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Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours is a typically witty and wild screwball comedy starring Rex Harrison as a symphony conductor named Alfred de Carter who is convinced his wife (Linda Darnell) is having an affair. During one of his concerts, Alfred begins planning three different ways of solving the problem -- including murder -- setting each to a different classical piece. Sturges' script and direction are lively and the actors are perfectly cast, capable of wringing all the humor, both physical and verbal, out of the story. Despite the artistic success of the film, Unfaithfully Yours was unsuccessful at the time of its release, yet it was well-regarded by critics and film buffs. It was remade in 1984, featuring Dudley Moore in the lead role.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Rex Harrison
as Sir Alfred De Carter
Linda Darnell
as Daphne De Carter
Barbara Lawrence
as Barbara Henshler
Rudy Vallee
as August Henshler
Kurt Kreuger
as Anthony
Lionel Stander
as Hugo Standoff
Edgar Kennedy
as Detective Sweeney
Al Bridge
as House Detective
Alan Bridge
as House Detective
Julius Tannen
as Tailor
Torben Meyer
as Dr. Schultz
Evelyn Beresford
as Mme. Pompadour
Georgia Caine
as Dowager
Harry Seymour
as Musician
Isabel Jewell
as Telephone Operator
Marion Marshall
as Telephone Operator
Dave Morris
as Musician
Franz Roehn
as Musician
George Mathews
as Musician
Charles Tannen
as Information Man
Harry Carter
as Reporter
Pati Behrs
as Bit Girl
George Melford
as Elderly Man in Audience
Bill Cartledge
as Page Boy
Tamara Schee
as Mme. La Lotte
Ruth Clifford
as Saleslady
Frank Moran
as Fire Chief
Laurette Luez
as Hatcheck Girl
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Critic Reviews for Unfaithfully Yours

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

One of the most sophisticated slapstick comedies ever made.

Full Review… | April 7, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

No director ever matched Preston Sturges's way of blending low slapstick and literate dialogue comedy.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is too bad that Preston Sturges is not compelled by law to turn out at least one movie -- maybe two -- a year. For nobody makes films as he does.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Not much liked at the time, but a small masterpiece just the same in its skilful blending of moods, genuinely moving and quite beautifully played by Harrison and Darnell.

February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

one of Preston Sturges' best films, and perhaps his most undersung.

June 26, 2005

It's a brilliantly accomplished work offering a mixture of bitter comedy and outright despair.

Full Review… | March 6, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Unfaithfully Yours


Another supposed all out comedy from legendary director Preston Sturges leads me to the same conclusion I reached with The Palm Beach Story: comedy wasn't all that evolved in the forties. Much like the romantic comedy filth of today, the forties and fifties were overcrowded by overtly painful films that were not only unfunny, but given recognition where it was not due. For much of the movie Rex Harrison plays the flirtatious role of a devoted husband with an air of feminine wiles and frivolity, better showcased in his performance as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady opposite Audrey Hepburn. Here he is shown as a conductor, brilliant and lauded by music lovers and his young wife, who he spoils endlessly. As the plot "thickens" Harrison's character is told his wife is unfaithful, and during a few dramatic dream sequences we are shown the many situations in which he would deal with his suspicions towards his wife. The first is the only truly funny and original part of this entire film, starting slowly much like the rest of this drag fest, but quickly gains momentum, turning into one of the biggest surprises of Post Code Hollywood I've ever seen. If only the whole movie could attain such excellence, it would be a decent black comedy. Instead we're pained with over the top slapstick and dialogue that irks anyone of the wit persuasion, especially the ending, which is glosh galore. Steer clear of Sturges.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A delightfully dark comedy

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Another romantic comedy, pretty average.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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