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On Approval
On Approval
Actors: O.B. Clarence, Roland Culver, E.V.H. Emmett, Laurence Hanray, Beatrice Lillie
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
UR     1999     1hr 20min

A delightful British comedy of manners based on Frederick Lonsdale's popular play. Adapted, produced, directed and starring Clive Brook, "On Approval" is the story of a trial marriage on a remote island, a tame idea by tod...  more »


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Actors: O.B. Clarence, Roland Culver, E.V.H. Emmett, Laurence Hanray, Beatrice Lillie
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Classic Comedies
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 08/03/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1943
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1943
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

How did I ever get hold of this DVD???
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Mannered, amusing, and slightly malicious
C. O. DeRiemer | San Antonio, Texas, USA | 03/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I won't recap the storyline, but will only add to what others have said. On Approval is an extremely amusing comedy of upper class British manners. It is wickedly malicious without being mean-spirited. The four leads play off each other flawlessly. Clive Brook, who also wrote and directed the film, is priceless as an aristocrat who finds it entirely reasonable to take his pleasures at the expense of others. Brook is largely forgotten now, but he was a major British actor in his time. He made only one movie after this, 1963's List of Adrian Messenger. At 76 he could still command the screen, even when sharing scenes with George C. Scott.The DVD's look and sound is very good."
A minor masterpiece of sophisticated light comedy
George Grellas | Cupertino, CA USA | 01/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a sophisticated, light comedy of the highest order. It works at every level: acting, directing, pacing, production. Especially for those who tend to appreciate the often higher caliber expertise of movie-making out of the 1940s, this movie will be bright and fresh. It holds its own with the best of that era, yet is so rarely seen today that even connoisseurs of sophisticated satire and gentle wit scarcely know of its existence. For anyone who enjoys ironic word plays, playfully disparaging witticisms, and occasionally biting satire upon upper-class manners -- all done in grand style -- this movie is a joy to experience. The DVD release corrects the sound and other technical problems of the VHS version, allowing the movie to be recommended without reservation for those who appreciate this style of comedy. Don't miss this one!"
On Approval
John Farr | 09/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A subtle, overlooked English treat, "On Approval" is top high-brow English comedy in the vein of Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward. Though the British upper-class reserve is ever-present, it's integral to the comedy, with the proper English language employed like a rapier. It's also a rare cinematic opportunity to see Clive Brook and stage comedienne Beatrice Lillie in action. Sophisticated, irresistible fun.