Cluny Brown

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Cluny Brown
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Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Produced by Ernst Lubitsch
Screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein
Elizabeth Reinhardt
Based on Cluny Brown (novel)
by Margery Sharp
Starring Charles Boyer
Jennifer Jones
Peter Lawford
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography Joseph LaShelle
Edited by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date
  • May 1, 1946 (1946-05-01)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million[1]

Cluny Brown is a 1946 American romantic comedy film made by Twentieth Century-Fox, directed and produced by Ernst Lubitsch. The screenplay was written by Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhardt, based on a novel by Margery Sharp. The music score is by Cyril J. Mockridge. The film stars Charles Boyer and Jennifer Jones and is a satire on the smugness of British high society. It is the last film Lubitsch completed.


A working-class girl (Jennifer Jones) and a Czech refugee (Charles Boyer) meet in England prior to World War II. Cluny Brown (Jennifer Jones) is a free spirit, who lives in the moment. She has been told she has to learn her place, and in 1938 England there is much protocol and there are rules to follow. She has a difficult time not being able to be herself, until she meets Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer) who finds her spontaneity intoxicatingly refreshing. A plumber's niece, she has a fascination with plumbing and pipes which get her into trouble, as it is not ladylike, and Uncle decides to send her into domestic service. From there things get even more fun.


Radio adaptation[edit]

Cluny Brown was presented on Star Playhouse November 15, 1953. The adaptation starred Celeste Holm.[2]


A New York Times review in 1946 called the film a "delectable and sprightly lampoon" and "among the year's most delightful comedies.[3] A reviewer for Variety said, "Cluny Brown is in the best Lubitsch tradition of subtle, punchy comedy, and his two stars make the most of it. It is a satire on British manners, with bite and relish."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 221
  2. ^ Kirby, Walter (November 15, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved July 7, 2015 – via open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN; 'Clany Brown,' New Picture at the Rivoli, a Whimsical Film in Which Jennifer Jones Has Role as a Flighty Servant" -". Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  4. ^ Staff, Variety (1946-01-01). "Review: 'Cluny Brown'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-28.

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