Young Wives' Tale

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Young Wives' Tale
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Directed byHenry Cass
Produced byVictor Skutezky
Written byAnne Burnaby
Ronald Jeans (play)
StarringJoan Greenwood
Nigel Patrick
Derek Farr
Guy Middleton
Music byPhilip Green
CinematographyErwin Hillier
Edited byEdward B. Jarvis
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé Limited (UK)
Release date
  • November 1951 (1951-11) (UK)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£146,059 (UK)[1]

Young Wives' Tale, also known as Fun for Four, is a 1951 British comedy film directed by Henry Cass and starring Joan Greenwood, Nigel Patrick, Derek Farr, and Guy Middleton.[2] It features one of Audrey Hepburn's earliest film roles, albeit a minor one, as Eve Lester.[3]


A housing shortage forces two couples, each with an infant child, to share a house. Their inability to find and retain a reliable nanny exacerbates the problems caused by the crowding, and a pretty young lodger (played by Audrey Hepburn) and Sabina's persistent old beau (Guy Middleton) intensify the romantic tensions.


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide noted "Broad humor is the order of the day," and rated the film 3/5 stars[4]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p496
  2. ^ "Young Wives' Tale (1951)". BFI.
  3. ^ Karney, Robyn (15 June 2012). Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781611457131 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Young Wives' Tale | TV Guide".

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