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An Ideal Husband (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | February 1948 (USA)
A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's ... See full summary »


Alexander Korda


Oscar Wilde (play), Lajos Biró (screen play) (as Lajos Biro)




Complete credited cast:
Paulette Goddard ... Laura Cheveley
Michael Wilding ... Viscount Arthur Goring
Diana Wynyard ... Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Hugh Williams ... Sir Robert Chiltern
C. Aubrey Smith ... The Earl of Caversham (as Sir C. Aubrey Smith)
Glynis Johns ... Mabel Chiltern
Constance Collier ... Lady Markby
Christine Norden ... Margaret Marchmont
Harriette Johns ... Lady Olivia Basildon
Michael Medwin ... Duke of Nonsuch
Michael Anthony ... Viscomte de Nanjac
Peter Hobbes Peter Hobbes ... Eddie Montford
John Clifford John Clifford ... Mason
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... Phipps
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Tommy Tafford


A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's past if he exposes the speculation as a fraud. His problem is compounded by his wife's intolerance of the slightest character flaws. Written by Snow Leopard

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"An Ideal Husband has to look to his future...a woman has to look to her past!"


Comedy | Drama


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First film of Michael Ward. See more »


At several points the matte paintings at the top of the screen are poorly matched with the live footage below. This is particularly visible in the opening Hyde Park Corner scene where some of those riding in carriages 'lose' their heads or hats behind the trees that are supposedly in the background. On the Chiltern's grand staircase, and in the House of Commons lobby the join between both parts of the shot is also visible. See more »


Laura Cheveley: An acquaintance that begins with a compliment, is sure to develop into a real friendship. It starts in the right manner.
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Remade as An Ideal Husband (1999) See more »


Mot d'Amour
Music by Edward Elgar
Arranged by Arthur Wood
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Fun, But Could Use More Bunberry
12 January 2021 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Hugh Williams is a member of the Party in charge of reporting on "the Argentine Canal scheme." He is about to reject it on behalf of the government, but adventuress Paulette Goddard has an old letter of his that reveals he passed on Cabinet secrets to a stock broker years ago. Not only would this ruin him in politics, but would cause his wife, Diana Wynard, to lose her illusion him of Olympian probity - yes, I know how absurd that is - and cease to love him. Somehow, it is up to Michael Wilding, the wastrel son of Cabinet minister C. Aubrey Smith, to save the day.

There is too much serious plotting and too little lunacy to make this play top notch Oscar Wilde. Everyone tries, and it's very good, but the best scene occurs early on, when Smith confronts Wilding, and brushes aside his nonsense, leaving the younger man flustered. Miss Goddard's musings, mostly to herself, sound like stage soliloquies, and sound quite flat. Nonetheless, there are enough witticisms and the pleasure of Glynis Johns as Williams' sister who inexplicably loves the usually self-absorbed Wilding, to make this fun

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Release Date:

February 1948 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hyde Park, London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


GBP500,000 (estimated)
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| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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