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Our Betters (1933) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and produced by David O. Selznick.


In this adaptation of a Maugham comedy, down-to-earth Bennett, a hardware heiress, marries a stiff-upper-lip British lord, and proceeds to turn society decorum upside down. An early effort by Cukor, who had been a Broadway director and dialogue coach (most notably for Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930). After being relieved from the helm of Paramount's One Hour With You (1932), he followed Selznick to RKO for this. Bennett and Roland soon became Mr. and Mrs.

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Pre-Code on DVD: Constance Bennett in Our Betters (1933)

By KC on May 7, 2019 From Classic Movies

I’m a big fan of pre-code Constance Bennett, with her razor sharp hip bones and saucy quips. She doesn’t get nearly enough credit for her contribution to the lively adult-themed flicks of that time. While Our Betters (1933) is not the best of those films, Bennett is reliably excellent as... Read full article

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Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: Nothing will induce me to stay in this house another night!
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: [as Minnie walks into the garden] It's a very slow train. Pepi'll be hungry and out of temper. You'll look your age.
[Minnie stops in her tracks, turns, comes back into the room]
Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: You promised me the luggage cart.
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: You shall have it! But you'll have to sit on the floor - there are no seats.
Minnie, Duchess of Sourae: Pearl, it's not going to break down on the way to the station?
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: Oh, how *can* you suspect me of playing a trick like that on you!
[looking slightly regretful]
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: It never occurred to me.

Arthur Fenwick: Then if I leave you you'll have nobody but your husband?
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: Nobody.
Arthur Fenwick: You're going to be terribly lonely, Girlie.

Arthur Fenwick: You're my guiding star. My ideal! I don't know what I'd do if you failed me. I don't think I could live if I ever found you weren't what I think you are.
[bends to kiss her hand]
Lady Pearl Saunders Grayston: [looking down at his bent head] You shan't, if I can help it.

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 12 March 1917 and closed in June 1917 after 112 performances. It was revived on 20 February 1928 with Ina Claire as Pearl, Constance Collier as the Duchess, Reginald Bach (who also directed) as Thornton Clay, and with Lillian Kemble-Cooper and Madge Evans. The revival ran for 128 performances and closed in June 1928.
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