Perfect Understanding

Perfect Understanding

Director: Cyril Gardner Cast: Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday


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Perfect Understanding

Star Gloria Swanson also co-produced this British film, a romantic comedy/drama that teamed her with a young Laurence Olivier. Judy Rogers (Swanson), an American vacationing in England, meets aristocrat Nicholas Randall (Olivier) and the two fall in love. They agree to marry but insist they'll never have any disagreements -- while both intending to maintain their independence. After an idyllic honeymoon, they are separated briefly and Nicholas strays with Lady Stephanie Fitzmaurice (Nora Swinburne). After he confesses to Judy, she decides to date the eligible Ivan Ronnson (John Halliday), but keeps the encounter a flirtation only. Their marriage becomes shaky, but Judy and Nicholas weather their doubts and come to love each other all the more. Note the film's co-writer: Michael Powell, who would later direct, write, and produce Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes (in collaboration with Emeric Pressburger).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2013
UPC: 0741952748298
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Cohen Media Group
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 81,381

Special Features

"Also selected shorts: 1933"; Two Mack Sennett shorts: "Husband's reunion" and "Dream stuff"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gloria Swanson Judy Rogers
Laurence Olivier Nicholas Randall
John Halliday Ivan Ronnson
Nigel Playfair Lord Portleigh
Michael Farmer George Drayton
Genevieve Tobin Kitty Drayton
Nora Swinburne Stephanie Fitzmaurice
Charles Cullum Sir John Fitzmaurice
Rosalinde Fuller Cook
O.B. Clarence Dr. Graham
Mary Jerrold Mrs. Graham
Peter Hawthome Butler
Evalyn Bostock Maid
Charles Collum Sir John
Peter Gawthorne Jackson Butler

Technical Credits
Cyril Gardner Director
Curt Courant Cinematographer
Thorold Dickinson Editor
Miles Malleson Original Story,Screenwriter
Michael Powell Screenwriter
Gloria Swanson Producer
O.F. Werndorff Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Perfect Understanding
1. Evening at the Manor
2. Stab in the Dark
3. The Perfect Marriage Contract
4. Cannes
5. Home Movies
6. Homecoming
7. Imperfect Understanding
8. Divorce Pending

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