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Cluny Brown (1946)

Cluny Brown (1946)

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The time is just prior to World War II. Lovely Cluny Brown (Jennifer Jones) is the niece of a London plumber; when her uncle is indisposed, Cluny rolls up her sleeves and takes a plumbing job at a society home, where she meets a handsome Czech author (Charles Boyer) - a refugee who has fled the Nazis and now resides with a snobbish and stuck-up family. Hoping to advance herself socially, Cluny accepts a position as a maid in a fancy country home, where she once more meets the Czech author, who is a house guest; they promptly fall for each other, and Cluny follows his lead by turning her nose up at stiff-necked English propriety. Cluny Brown is directed by the matchless Ernst Lubitsch.

Cast

Charles Boyer
as Adam Belinski
Jennifer Jones
as Cluny Brown
Peter Lawford
as Andrew Carmel
Helen Walker
as Betty Cream
Reginald Gardiner
as Hilary Ames
Reginald Owen
as Sir Henry Carmel
C. Aubrey Smith
as Colonel Duff-Graham
Margaret Bannerman
as Lady Alice Carmel
Sara Allgood
as Mrs. Maile
Una O'Connor
as Mrs. Wilson
Billy Bevan
as Uncle Am
Michael Dyne
as John Frewen
Christopher Severn
as Master Snaffie
Rex Evans
as Guest Pianist
Ottola Nesmith
as Mrs. Tupham
Harold De Becker
as Mr. Snaffie
Jean Prescott
as Mrs. Snaffie
Al Winters
as Rollins
Charles Coleman
as Constable Birkins
Whit Bissell
as Dowager's Son
Bette Rae Brown
as Girl at Party
Philip Morris
as New York Policeman
Betty Fairfax
as Woman in Chemist's Shop
Norman Ainsley
as Mr. Tupham
Brad Slaven
as English Boy on Bike
Billy Gray
as Boy in Shop
Mira McKinney
as Author's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Cluny Brown

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Ernst Lubitsch's last completed film, from 1946, looks back to the prewar year of 1938 to take stock of the postwar world and to show how it got that way.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Lubitsch's last film and one of his most engaging comedies.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Let is be noted at the outset that Ernst Lubitsch has come up with a delectable and sprightly lampoon in Cluny Brown.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Whammo entertainment.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

This late, delicious comedy of manners by Ernst Lubitsch is a notch below his best, but the character acting is so good one hardly notices.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sadly, the comedy his last proper film (That Lady in Ermine was completed by Preminger), hardly bites, but it certainly barks.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Film4

Audience Reviews for Cluny Brown

i only wish jennifer jones had done more comedy! she was absolutely delightful here! with the ever charming charles boyer, lubitsch's last film is well worth checking out

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

Totally phoned in Lubitsch. I'm not sure what went wrong here, I'm sure the play its clearly based on is good, but I was just bored to tears.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

This is a delightful film that is more than it appears on the surface. Imagine a mix between the films "A Room With A View" and "My Man Godfrey." I rather liked it and wish it were available on Amazon in the NTSC format. Like in "A Room With A View," it creates it tension by setting passionate people alongside conventional, unimaginative play it safe snobs. Also deals with class issues.

Sheryl Zettner
Sheryl Zettner

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