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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

1952 (Anthony Asquith) PG, 95 minutes

Edith Evans; Michael Redgrave; Richard Wattis

All the charm and glossy humor of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy emerges faithfully in this British production. Apart from a few minor cuts, director Anthony Asquith has taken few liberties with the original. His skilful direction extracts all the polish of Wilde's brilliant dialog.

Michael Redgrav brings a wealth of sincerity to the role of the earnest young man, without knowledge of his origin, whose invention of a fictitious brother leads to romantic complications. Michael Denison plays the debonair Algernon Moncrieff in a gay lighthearted style, and makes his characterization the pivot for much of the comedy. -Variety