Unfaithfully Yours

1948

Unfaithfully Yours

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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.

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Cast

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
Alan Bridge
as House Detective
Al Bridge
as House Detective
Torben Meyer
as Dr. Schultz
Evelyn Beresford
as Mme. Pompadour
Harry Seymour
as Musician
Isabel Jewell
as Telephone Operator
Marion Marshall
as Telephone Operator
Sam Harris
as Bit Man
Dave Morris
as Musician
Franz Roehn
as Musician
Charles Tannen
as Information Man
Harry Carter
as Reporter
Pati Behrs
as Bit Girl
George Melford
as Elderly Man in Audience
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)

Audience Reviews for Unfaithfully Yours

  • Jun 17, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2010
    Another romantic comedy, pretty average.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2008
    <i>So simple it operates itself!</i> During the first half I was wondering why this is so highly regarded as a classic comedy. There are hardly any jokes, some lame slapstick, and Rex Harrison plays an insulting boor of a conductor. What gives?? Aha, it takes that long to get to the good stuff as Harrison, while conducting 3 pieces of music, mentally plots 3 methods of revenge against his wife whom he suspects had an affair with his assistant. The way these are presented is ingenious: every detail of every plan in his mind goes perfectly, but when he tries to replicate them in real life everything goes completely haywire in a gaspingly hilarious manner. So in truth there are about 20 minutes of actual comedy in this film, but they are some of the best 20 minutes of laughs you could hope for.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2007
    This is an amazingly dark comedy for the time it was made. A famous conductor suspects his wife of having an affair and imagines three different ways to deal with the problem according to the mood of the music he is conducting: murder, russian roulette or the surrender of his wife to her 'suitor'. Rex Harrison is magnificent in this.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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