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      1944 1h 20m Comedy List
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 43% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A man of little means, Richard Halton (Roland Culver) has every desire to marry the widow Maria Wislack (Beatrice Lillie), but lacks the funds to properly do so. However, Maria is open to the marriage, if only Richard will join her at her secluded island castle for a month, to see if married life would suit them. Yet the two are not to be alone, for Richard's friend George (Clive Brook), the 10th Duke of Bristol, and American Helen Hale (Googie Withers) join them for a scandalous time. Read More Read Less

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      J. R. Jones Chicago Reader The Wildean witticisms come fast and furious in this effervescent screen adaptation of a British play by Frederick Lonsdale. Jun 14, 2018 Full Review Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune This impish 1944 film adaptation of the 1926 Frederick Lonsdale comedy provides spacious roles for two peerless actresses. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 26, 2014 Full Review A.H. Weiler New York Times On Approval, which augured either a cute commentary on manners or a Beatrice Lillie bonanza, turned out to be an uneven little lampoon that more often than not did not come off. Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Dwight MacDonald Esquire Magazine A soufflé that never sogs, a fortunate coincidence of director, scriptwriter, and cast of just four, a Mozartian quartet, or perhaps Gilbert & Sullivan is more accurate, who play beautifully together. Aug 13, 2019 Full Review Edgar Anstey The Spectator On Approval is one of the funniest British pictures I have seen for a very long time. Jun 14, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Slmply one of the most amusintng comedies of the 1940's. Clive Brook - who adapted the playm directed and starred in this film does a brilliant job. Very dry humor, and also notable for being one of the few films starring Beatice Lillie, who is a delight. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member It has it's moments and some good zingers, but not nearly enough to sustain an hour and 20 minutes of mirth, more like an hour and 20 minutes of occasional amusement. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Fair classic British comedy, it didn’t seem to have the sophistication and clever writing of other British comedies from that time period. It is enjoyable though, good cast, but it’s not very memorable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Somewhat funny and somewhat boring, that's what I remember feeling towards this movie, but I can't seem to remember the story at the moment, and Flixster doesn't have it either. I'll watch it again sometime. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Fair classic British comedy, it didn?t seem to have the sophistication and clever writing of other British comedies from that time period. It is enjoyable though, good cast, but it?s not very memorable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member The attitude toward relationships is utterly caustic and cynical (in other words, realistic!) and the zingers are like 19th century "Married...With Children." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A man of little means, Richard Halton (Roland Culver) has every desire to marry the widow Maria Wislack (Beatrice Lillie), but lacks the funds to properly do so. However, Maria is open to the marriage, if only Richard will join her at her secluded island castle for a month, to see if married life would suit them. Yet the two are not to be alone, for Richard's friend George (Clive Brook), the 10th Duke of Bristol, and American Helen Hale (Googie Withers) join them for a scandalous time.
      Director
      Clive Brook
      Producer
      Sydney Box, Clive Brook
      Production Co
      Independent
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 20m