The Importance of Being Earnest
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The Importance of Being Earnest
Anthony Asquith's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's witty play of mistaken identities stars Michael Redgrave as rich bachelor Jack Worthing. Jack's friend is Algernon Moncrieft (Michael Denison), a poor bloke living on credit. Jack refers mysteriously to Algernon about his country retreat, which drives Algernon to distraction, trying to figure out where Jack goes on the weekends. Jack is also in love with Algernon's attractive cousin Gwendolen (Joan Greenwood). He also has a ward, Cecily Cardew (Dorothy Tutin), who lives at the country estate and studies with local spinster Miss… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The perfect cast - Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Margaret Rutherford - and the perfect director (Anthony Asquith) know just how seriously (not very) to take this amoral satire on society's falsity."
‑ Philip Horne, Daily Telegraph
"Civilized comedy has never been more civilized -- or as preposterously funny."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The most important and beloved version of the play"
‑ Christopher Null,
"For an audience that takes pleasure in the all-too-rare art of faithful adaptations that vivify rather than embalming their sources [...] Asquith's conservative handling is just what the confirmed and secret Bunburyist ordered."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A very competent and enjoyable rendition of Oscar Wilde's most witty play from 1895."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is frothy and it floats ever gently over its lovable characters."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"One is left to appreciate the zingers and spirited performances in this understandably enduring comedy of mistaken identities and romantic entanglements."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Asquith, an expert in comedy ..., knows just how to let Wilde's drawing-room farce play out to maximum effectiveness with a minimum of intrusion"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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