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  • Actors: Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carrol, George Sanders, Richard Greene
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Writers: Walter Reisch, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde
  • Producers: Otto Preminger, Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AR30K2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Lord Windermere seems to have it all even to his wife Margaret. However their marriage comes in question when he starts spending time with a young adventures in London's aristocracy. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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Hopefully, it will get some recognition now that it is on dvd.
johnny
It's rather a nice and pleasant film version of the Oscar Wilde play, although 20th Century-Fox took a lot of liberties.
Jim Tarleton
Wonderful black and white movie with beautiful Victorian era costumes and background scenery.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on June 25, 2008
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***1/2 1949. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger. This film is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan. Mrs. Erlynne, an adventuress, arrives in London to see her only daughter Lady Windermere. The young woman, unaware of Mrs. Erlynne's real identity, thinks that her husband is cheating on her with this dangerous woman. This play, in comparison with The Importance of Being Earnest or The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) is not the most adapted Oscar Wilde work in cinema. If we except TV productions, it was adapted only once for the cinema since Otto Preminger production: Mike Barker's A Good Woman. Madeleine Carroll's performance alone justifies the extra dollars you'll have to pay for this DVD provided that you own a multizone DVD player. Good copy but no extras. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Gruen on January 5, 2014
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They fleshed out the original play to give George Sanders a bigger part, and to add extra funny lines from other Wilde works. The new structure works totally and appears to have been a model for A.L. Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."

The female leads are perfect, and nobody ha ever delivered Wilde's lines better than Sanders.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Risoli on April 13, 2013
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Otto Preminger's 1949 version of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windemere's Fan" shortened to simply "The Fan" was scripted by Walter Reisch, Dorothy Parker and Ross Evans is sadly what Otto himself called "a mistake," something he even knew but perhaps did not admit during the making. It bookends the Wilde drawing room play with modern-day post-war extensions of the play's action and by Darryl Zanuck's order, they also stripped the dialogue to too much Wilde robbing the characters of much of their real power, and Preminger perhaps noticed during the making he could not make the play as "dark" as he wanted without keeping Wilde's sense of goodness. Jeanne Crain was second choice to play Lady Windemere (Gene Tierney became pregnant), but she is very good, as are also George Sanders (in a romantic role) and Richard Greene as her husband. But the film belongs to Madeleine Carroll who is magnificent as the scandalous adventuress. Unfortunately, the lack of a solid style for the film leaves us void of emotional connection to the proceedings or the characters, which might have started to be intentional, (some of the visual motifs for going in and out of the flashbacks are interesting and we do get the suggestion of the title and its effects of the proceedings and characters), but truly appreciating the film becomes hard to sustain without the emotional connection to something. Of all the film's left in obscurity (I can think of a lot of 20th Century Fox titles still without DVD or any home video presentation), the fact Otto Preminger produced and directed it, must have made it a candidate of their Cinema Archives MOD series. I am glad he is bankable right now. But this must be his most forgotten, in matters of connecting with the audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2014
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Wonderful black and white movie with beautiful Victorian era costumes and background scenery. The plot shows that things are not always as they seem, and mistakes can follow you forever. Worth buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard hegedorn on December 27, 2013
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Am desperate for these early Jeanne Crain films and have been forced to take what I can get. But have them all now and will but nothing else from Cinema Archives.
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