The Divorce of Lady X

Overview

Filmed in lavish Technicolor and given Tiffany production values by producer Alexander Korda, the British comedy Divorce of Lady X is at base a trivial little farce, buoyed by the sprightly performances of star Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier. Ms. Oberon plays a costume-party guest who is forced to stay in a hotel overnight due to inclement weather. There are no rooms available, so the management prevails upon handsome but stuffy lawyer Olivier to give up half of his suite to the lovely Oberon. After a chaste ...
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Overview

Filmed in lavish Technicolor and given Tiffany production values by producer Alexander Korda, the British comedy Divorce of Lady X is at base a trivial little farce, buoyed by the sprightly performances of star Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier. Ms. Oberon plays a costume-party guest who is forced to stay in a hotel overnight due to inclement weather. There are no rooms available, so the management prevails upon handsome but stuffy lawyer Olivier to give up half of his suite to the lovely Oberon. After a chaste evening together, Olivier becomes obsessed with Oberon, deducing that her elusiveness is due to the "fact" that she is married. Actually, she is nothing of the kind, but when an old school chum Ralph Richardson comes to Olivier's office to arrange for a divorce, Olivier jumps to the conclusion that Oberon is his old friend's soon-to-be "ex." Based on Gilbert Wakefield's play Counsel's Opinion, Divorce of Lady X has become a familiar presence on cable TV because of its public domain status; less familiar is an earlier movie version of the Wakefield play, filmed in 1932 by director Allan Dwan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2012
  • UPC: 661799488303
  • Original Release: 1938
  • Source: Desert Island Films
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Merle Oberon Leslie Steele
Laurence Olivier Everard Logan
Binnie Barnes Lady Mere
Ralph Richardson Lord Mere
Morton Selten Lord Steele
Gus McNaughton Waiter
Gertrude Musgrove Saunders
Hugh McDermott
Eileen Peel Mrs. Johnson
John H. Roberts Slade
H.B. Hallam
Lewis Gilbert Tom
Hal Gordon Taxidriver
Edward Lexy Peters
Eva Moore Lady
C. Denier Warren Clerk
Technical Credits
Tim Whelan Sr. Director
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
Ian Dalrymple Screenwriter
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Korda Producer
Ned Mann Special Effects
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Lazare Meerson Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Paul Sheriff Production Designer
Robert E. Sherwood Screenwriter
L.J.W. Stockviss Editor
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
A. Waugh Production Designer
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter
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