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The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

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Filmed in lavish Technicolor and given Tiffany production values by producer Alexander Korda, the British comedy Divorce of Lady X is at base a trivial little farce, buoyed by the sprightly performances of star Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier. Ms. Oberon plays a costume-party guest who is forced to stay in a hotel overnight due to inclement weather. There are no rooms available, so the management prevails upon handsome but stuffy lawyer Olivier to give up half of his suite to the lovely Oberon. After a chaste evening together, Olivier becomes obsessed with Oberon, deducing that her elusiveness is due to the "fact" that she is married. Actually, she is nothing of the kind, but when an old school chum (Ralph Richardson) comes to Olivier's office to arrange for a divorce, Olivier jumps to the conclusion that Oberon is his old friend's soon-to-be "ex". Based on Gilbert Wakefield's play Counsel's Opinion, Divorce of Lady X has become a familiar presence on cable TV because of its public domain status; less familiar is an earlier movie version of the Wakefield play, filmed in 1932 by director Allan Dwan.

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Cast

Merle Oberon
as Leslie Steele / Lady Claire Mere
Laurence Olivier
as Everard Logan
Binnie Barnes
as Lady Claire Mere
Morton Selten
as Lord Steele, Judge
Gertrude Musgrove
as Saunders, Maid
Eileen Peel
as Mrs. Johnson
Hal Gordon
as Taxidriver
Eva Moore
as Lady (uncredited)
H.B. Hallam
as Jefferies, the Butler
Hugh McDermott
as Minor Role (uncredited)
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A satisfying lightweight British screwball comedy.

May 31, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Though opulent in color costumes and design, this minor British screwball comedy is mostly known for its on-screen teaming of two young actors, Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, in their pre-Hollywood era, who would become legendary stars.

November 10, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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