Mrs. Fitzherbert

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Mrs. Fitzherbert
"Mrs. Fitzherbert" (1947).jpg
Original Australian daybill
Directed by Montgomery Tully
Produced by Louis H. Jackson
Written by Montgomery Tully
Based on the novel Princess Fitz by Winifred Carter
Starring Peter Graves
Joyce Howard
Leslie Banks
Margaretta Scott
Music by Stanley Black
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Charles Hasse
Distributed by Pathé Pictures International (UK)
Release date
3 December 1947 (London) (UK)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Mrs. Fitzherbert, also known as Princess Fitz and A Court Secret, is a rarely seen 1947 British historical drama film directed by Montgomery Tully and starring Peter Graves, Joyce Howard and Leslie Banks.[1] It depicts the relationship between George IV and Maria Fitzherbert.[2]


The Prince Regent falls in love with Mrs. Fitzherbert, a Catholic widow, but because of their great social divide, she laughs at his advances. The distraught prince responds with a suicide attempt. Mrs. Fitzherbert feels compassion, and the couple are secretly married. Unfortunately, their secret soon becomes the stuff of gossip and rumour, and when this threatens the relationship between the prince and the king, the prince denies his marriage. The jilted Mrs. Fitzherbert then runs away, and the prince marries the woman to whom he was originally betrothed.[3]


Critical reception[edit]

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "it is so rigidly played that the whole thing has the appearance of an animated wax-works on the move."[4]


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