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Unfaithfully Yours (1948)

Rex Harrison , Linda Darnell , Preston Sturges  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence, Kurt Kreuger
  • Directors: Preston Sturges
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BGGIXO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An orchestra conductor suspects that his wife is cheating on him and imagines three scenarios of dealing with it while he is conducting a symphony.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Last Bow October 22, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
In hindsight, Paramount's decision to terminate their relationship with Preston Sturges occupies the region between 'insane', 'irresponsible' and that old standby, 'stupid'. Sturges' subsequent relocation to Fox was, of course, utterly disastrous; which makes UNFAITHFULLY YOURS as much a miracle as it is a great comedy. His stock company (save for a very funny Rudy Vallee) was now a thing of the past; although the cast he assembled here is game and lively, Edgar Kennedy foremost among them. Nevertheless, UNFAITHFULLY YOURS is Sturges' second consecutive attempt (after MAD WEDNESDAY) to move away from his trademark of the inspired dialogue-comedy and towards a more visual (or in this case, audio-visual) farce. Fortunately for us, he succeeded brilliantly (not that it cut him any ice in an increasingly desperate studio-system that not only didn't know what to do with its few geniuses but began to openly despise them). Rex Harrison plays a vain, high-strung symphony conductor who -thanks inadvertantly to his cuckold of a brother in law (Vallee, naturally)- begins to suspect his wife of having an affair. What follows is an amazingly supple and creative variation of the boudoir-farce, highlighted by the famous virtuoso segments in which Harrison daydreams of killing her to the strains of Rossini, Wagner & Tchaikovsky, as well as the classic finale where cold-bloodedness and high culture both are reduced to slapstick bumbling (silent comedy, always near & dear to Sturges' heart, is a definite influence here). Ignored on its release, UNFAITHFULLY YOURS, combining as it does comedic disciplines of music, dialogue and sight-gags, has since been elevated to its rightful position as a masterwork. Unfortunately, this re-evaluation came too late to rescue Preston Sturges from the personal and professional oblivion the know-nothings (in and out of Hollywood) were remorselessly consigning him to. See this movie and help redress this outrage.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sturges' very best December 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Only The Lady Eve forces me to edge this movie out of number-one spot among Preston Sturges' comedies. The dialogue is snappy as ever (Doltish husband: "Too much temperament! Give me the simple viewpoint!" His wisecracking wife: "You've got it, kid. You don't have to yearn for it.") but the slapstick of the finale is cleverer by far than any in his other movies. The use of music is inspired, both in Harrison's concert revenge-fantasies and in his later attempts to put them into action, when the music is spiked with comic effects. A little slow to get started, this movie soon enough develops a quirky, unpredictable, and completely fascinating story line. Don't deprive yourself of seeing this!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Struges comedy finally comes to DVD May 22, 2005
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In "Unfaithfully Yours" Rex Harrison plays a conductor who imagines what he would do to his wife (who he believes to be cheating on him)during a performance. Unfortunately, he discovers that real life never works as smoothly as one's fantasies. A classic Preston Sturges comedy, "Unfaithfully Yours" captures the brilliant comedy director in top form. Although there was an anemic remake with Dudley Moore in 1984 (with a screenplay co-written by Valerie Curtain the cousin of Jane Curtain of "Saturday Night Live" fame and one of the original cast members of "Three's Company"), all it does is prove not to mess with a classic film.

This new Criterion edition has some really cool extras and the image quality is very, very good. The audio Audio commentary by Sturges scholars James Harvey, Diane Jacobs, and Brian Henderson are fascinating but I honestly preferred the video appreciation by Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) as well as the video interview with Sandy Sturges. There's also an essay by Jonathan Lethem, a photo gallery and correspondence on the production of the film. This is one of Sturges' greatest black comedies and well worth picking up.

Now all Ihave to do is wait for my other favorite Sturges films-"Hail the Conquering Hero" and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" on DVD (Oh, and "Christmas in July" would also be much appreciated as well). His classics are finally trickling out and I'm quite happy that they've made a much belated appearence on DVD.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite comedy August 24, 2001
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This is the 5th (and last) of Sturges' truly inspired comedies (the others being "Hail the Conquering Hero", "Miracle of Morgan's Creek", "The Lady Eve", and "The Palm Beach Story") and its failure at the box office is probably why it was the last. I find it incomprehensible that it failed -- it starts a little slowly, perhaps (although I actually quite like the beginning), but the last 30-45 minutes (after the concert) is just heaven. Basically the movie is a slapstick comedy, but surely the most sophisticated slapstick comedy ever, and what I find astonishing is how perfectly cast Rex Harrison turned out to be in a pratfalling role (?!?!?!?). My kids and I laugh out loud just thinking about the scenes in this movie, must less watching it. If you haven't seen this movie and ever liked ANY movie made before 1950, you should watch it. It really is fun for the entire family, and belongs in any video collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfaithfully Yours September 5, 2005
Format:DVD
Preston Sturges conceived, produced, wrote and directed this comic symphony at the peak of his creative powers, deftly combining fast, stinging dialogue with moments of inspired physical comedy. Harrison is in his element, with all his trademark cantankerousness on full display (reminiscent of a much younger Henry Higgins) and Darnell's an ever tolerant vision. Look for immortal comic Edgar Kennedy as a music loving detective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies to watch when I need a good laugh
One of my favorite movies to watch when I need a good laugh. Rex Harrison is so funny as the jealous husband.
Published 10 days ago by g bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Rex Harrison
This is a classic, how you can let your imagination run away with you. How you can perceive wrongs things that aren't true, wonderful love & comedy.
Published 4 months ago by karen nanocchio
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant suprise
If you like old comedy, you will enjoy this picture. To see Rex Harrison in this role is worth a look.
Published 5 months ago by M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Be patient!
One of my favorite Preston Sturges films, but it has a slow build up. I had to convince my fiancé to sit through the beginning, but by the end he was crying with laughter. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susannah Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars The Criterion treatment of an unusual classic
"Unfaithfully Yours" is a sophisticated, witty and black comedy written and directed by the great Preston Sturges. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Douglas M
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfaithfully yours...A really great movie.
I saw this movie when it first was released...about 1945 or so, in black and white.
I was aabout 15 at the time, I am now 83, owever, I still remember the closint line by Rex... Read more
Published 9 months ago by bill burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Comedy Well Worth It
Preston Sturges was the Hollywood wonder boy of the 40s and "Unfaithfully Yours" (1948) was one of his last great successes starring Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by V. Risoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Many stories in one
Such a great story, Jealous husband forming many plots to kill his wife. You never know what'll happen in this one.
Published 10 months ago by wizardwoof
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturges at his brilliant best.
Brilliant. One of the best and most inventive of the brilliant Preston Sturges's creative output. His unique voice has never been replicated. Highly entertaining!
Published 10 months ago by Roberta Wallace
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Sturges' earlier comedies
Although I am a big fan of Sturges' films, both the ones he directed and the ones where he was the credited writer, I had never seen Unfaithfully Yours. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. J. Sneed
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