Perfect Understanding (1933)





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Star Gloria Swanson also co-produced this British film, a romantic comedy/drama that teamed her with a young Laurence Olivier. Judy Rogers (Swanson), an American vacationing in England, meets aristocrat Nicholas Randall (Olivier) and the two fall in love. They agree to marry but insist they'll never have any disagreements -- while both intending to maintain their independence. After an idyllic honeymoon, they are separated briefly and Nicholas strays with Lady Stephanie Fitzmaurice (Nora Swinburne). After he confesses to Judy, she decides to date the eligible Ivan Ronnson (John Halliday), but keeps the encounter a flirtation only. Their marriage becomes shaky, but Judy and Nicholas weather their doubts and come to love each other all the more. Note the film's co-writer: Michael Powell, who would later direct, write, and produce Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes (in collaboration with Emeric Pressburger). ~ Nicole Gagne, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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O.B. Clarence
as Dr. Graham
John Halliday
as Ivan Ronnson
Genevieve Tobin
as Kitty Drayton
Michael Farmer
as George Drayton
Mary Jerrold
as Mrs. Graham
Peter Gawthorne
as Jackson Butler
Charles Cullum
as Sir John Fitzmaurice
Gloria Swanson
as Judy Rogers
Charles Collum
as Sir John
Nora Swinburne
as Stephanie Fitzmaurice
Nigel Playfair
as Lord Portleigh
Laurence Olivier
as Nicholas Randall
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Overheated fashion show with Glo not looking her best and the young Larry Olivier almost unbelievably handsome, except for the silly little mustache. Okay film with the always delightful Genevieve Tobin in support but it creaks here and there.

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