The Divorce of Lady X

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The Divorce of Lady X
Film poster
Directed by Tim Whelan
Produced by Alexander Korda
Written by Gilbert Wakefield (play)
Lajos Bíró (adaptation)
Ian Dalrymple (scenario)
Starring Laurence Olivier
Merle Oberon
Binnie Barnes
Ralph Richardson
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lionel Salter
Cinematography Harry Stradling
Edited by L.J.W. Stokvis
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
15 January 1938 (1938-01-15)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $500,000[1] or £99,000[2]

The Divorce of Lady X is a 1938 British colour romantic comedy film made by London Films; it stars Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Binnie Barnes. It was directed by Tim Whelan and produced by Alexander Korda from a screenplay by Ian Dalrymple and Arthur Wimperis, adapted by Lajos Bíró from the play Counsel's Opinion by Gilbert Wakefield. The music score was by Miklós Rózsa and Lionel Salter and the cinematography by Harry Stradling.

The film was made in Technicolor and is a remake of the 1933 film Counsel's Opinion, also made by London Films and in which Binnie Barnes appeared in the role played by Merle Oberon.


Leslie Steele (Merle Oberon), a guest at a costume party, is forced to stay overnight in a hotel because of a particularly bad London fog. As there are no rooms available, Steele talks her way into sharing a suite with Everard Logan (Laurence Olivier), a handsome but somewhat stiff lawyer. They spend the night together, quite chastely, but Logan becomes convinced that Leslie must be married. His conviction is confirmed when an old school friend, Lord Mere (Ralph Richardson), arrives and asks Everard to represent him in a divorce case against his wife, Lady Claire (Binnie Barnes).



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  2. ^ Karol Kulik, Alexander Korda: The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Virgin 1990 p 209

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