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How did I ever get hold of this DVD???,
By A Customer
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With a friend in the movie business - that's how. This is one of the funniest films if you have anything which can be described as an education. It's unlikely to appeal to anyone whose idea of humour is visual and as subtle as a train wreck.
If you like sharp quick humour - the lines are superb, the wit is on full automatic and much of the script has given future writers something to chew on and regurgitate. Clive Brook has the viperous tongue that made the likes of WC Fields, Noel Coward, etc. His rapier-like wit is balanced by the caustic Beatrice Lille who makes a perfect foil to Brook's latent chauvinism and Googie Withers who plays the softly-spoken American heiress who is impervious to his egocentricity.
Only one comment to any PC types - don't take the comments at the beginning too seriously - remember its 1939 and a woman's place is not yet on the boardroom table.
Whilst among most moviegoers today, it is obviously anachronistic in that people actually dressed in more than a reversed baseball cap and baggy shorts, the putdowns would serve any budding stand-up today. This is comedy which is fifty years ahead of it's time - and in some places quite risque. It's time that this play made it back to the stage again as it is perfect for theatre with only four main characters and 90% filmed indoors.