Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)




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Unable to rely upon Oscar Wilde's epigrammatic dialogue to carry the day (this was, after all, the silent-film era), director Ernst Lubitsch substitutes verbal wit for the visual variety in his 1925 filmization of Lady Windermere's Fan. Ronald Colman has one of his first important screen roles as the slightly caddish Lord Darlington, who is in love with the very pretty--and very married--Lady Windermere (May McAvoy). The lady is rescued from disgrace at the hands of Darlington by the notorious Mrs. Erlynne (Irene Rich), who unbeknownst to everyone is Lady Windemere's long-lost mother. Filmed at the still young-and-hungry Warner Bros. studio, Lady Windermere's Fan was an enormous hit, and an instant candidate for the many "Ten Best" lists tabulated by the fan magazines of the era.


Ronald Colman
as Lord Darlington
May McAvoy
as Lady Windermere
Bert Lytell
as Lord Windermere
Irene Rich
as Mrs. Erlynne
Edward Martindel
as Lord Augustus Lorton
Carrie Daumery
as The Duchess of Berwick
Billie Bennett
as Gossipy Duchess
Mrs. Cowper-Cowper
as Lady Plymdale
Larry Steers
as Party Guest-Admirer
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

One of Ernst Lubitsch's greatest accomplishments.

Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…

Skillfully casts its light on the hypocrisies and phony games played by the upper-crusts.

Jan 18, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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