An Ideal Husband (1947 film)
|An Ideal Husband|
Original French film poster
|Directed by||Alexander Korda|
|Produced by||Alexander Korda|
|Screenplay by||Lajos Bíró|
|Based on||An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde
|Music by||Arthur Benjamin|
|Edited by||Oswald Hafenrichter|
|Distributed by||British Lion
|13 November 1947|
|Box office||£241,994 (UK)|
An Ideal Husband, also known as Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, is a 1947 film Technicolor adaptation of the play by Oscar Wilde. It was made by London Film Productions and distributed by British Lion Films (UK) and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (USA). It was produced and directed by Alexander Korda from a screenplay by Lajos Bíró from Wilde's play. The music score was by Arthur Benjamin, the cinematography by Georges Périnal, the editing by Oswald Hafenrichter and the costume design by Cecil Beaton.
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A mysterious lady attempts to blackmail a respected politician into giving a speech in parliament that supports her interests.
- Paulette Goddard as Mrs. Laura Cheveley
- Michael Wilding as Viscount Arthur Goring
- Diana Wynyard as Lady Gertrude Chiltern
- Hugh Williams as Sir Robert Chiltern
- C. Aubrey Smith as Earl of Caversham, Goring's Father
- Glynis Johns as Miss Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert's sister
- Constance Collier as Lady Markby
- Christine Norden as Mrs. Margaret Marchmont
- Harriette Johns as Olivia, Countess of Basildon
- Michael Medwin as Duke of Nonesuch
- Michael Anthony as Vicomte de Nanjac
- Peter Hobbes as Mr. Eddie Montford
- John Clifford as Mr. Mason, the Chiltern Butler
- Fred Groves as Phipps, Goring's Butler
- Michael Ward as Mr. Tommy Tafford
Filming was held up due to a strike from the crew. The union objected to Paulette Goddard's hairdresser being American, claiming an English person could do the job.
The film, along with two others from Korda, Mine Own Executioner and Anna Karenina, were picketed in some American cinemas by the Sons of Liberty organisation, causing it to be withdrawn from exhibition in some cases. This was due to US opposition to British policies.
The film is part of the Criterion Collection.
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- Lorraine LoBianco, "An Ideal Husband", Turner Classic Movies accessed 7 July 2012