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Our Betters

Released Mar 17, 1933 1h 23m Comedy List
Reviews 31% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Soon after being wed, American heiress Lady Pearl Grayston (Constance Bennett) realizes her husband has married her for her money and is keeping a mistress. The two maintain a loveless marriage, a trade-off Pearl accepts in order to gain admittance to her husband's aristocratic social circle. While Pearl pursues her own affair with gigolo Pepi D'Costa (Gilbert Roland), her visiting sister, Bessie (Anita Louise), arrives and is appalled when Pearl's arrangement is revealed. Read More Read Less

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Francisco J. Ariza Cine-Mundial The plot offers nothing... rather, it gives the performers the opportunity to show off in the roles entrusted to them. [Full review in Spanish] Jan 13, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Smart script is a lot of fun. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/02/24 Full Review ashley h Our Betters is an okay film. It is about an American heiress who realizes her husband has married her for her money and is keeping a mistress. Constance Bennett and Phoebe Foster give decent performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. George Cukor did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review joe m Mildly amusing yet dated comedy of manners, "Our Betters" just goes to show the shortcomings of certain movies/plays that don't stand up to the test of time, even when based on works by a big-name playwright Somerset Maugham. The sets are sumptuous even if they do have that stage like feel of so many early films. The characters and their dialogue are rather cartoonish with all the archetypes here - the jaded older American woman in a loveless marriage, her younger, pretty ingenue sister bedazzled by high society, the hunky American guy pining for her innocence and then various fops and classy dames for fillers with what passes for witty banter. A period piece that is done to better effect in "Gosford Park". Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Essentially plotless but Constance Bennett is great, and it’s worth the watch for Ernest, the clearly queer coded friend who arrives at the end. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/04/19 Full Review Audience Member Fast-moving, sophisticated comedy directed by George Cukor. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member year s/b 1933 not 2013 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Soon after being wed, American heiress Lady Pearl Grayston (Constance Bennett) realizes her husband has married her for her money and is keeping a mistress. The two maintain a loveless marriage, a trade-off Pearl accepts in order to gain admittance to her husband's aristocratic social circle. While Pearl pursues her own affair with gigolo Pepi D'Costa (Gilbert Roland), her visiting sister, Bessie (Anita Louise), arrives and is appalled when Pearl's arrangement is revealed.
Director
George Cukor
Producer
David O. Selznick
Screenwriter
Harry Wagstaff Gribble, W. Somerset Maugham, Jane Murfin
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 17, 1933, Wide
Runtime
1h 23m
Sound Mix
Mono