On Approval

  • Directed by Clive Brook
  • United Kingdom, 1944, 80 mins.

In this, the second adaptation of Frederick Lonsdale’s classic comedy—the first coming in 1930—Clive Brook stars in his own production as George, the Duke of Bristol, who has recently fallen on hard times. Helen (Googie Withers), a wealthy American heiress, is infatuated with George; George’s friend Richard (Roland Culver) is in love with Maria (British stage legend Beatrice Lillie, in one of her few film roles). Hoping to gauge their level of commitment to each other, the two couples retreat to Maria’s isolated Scottish home—for an entire month. Soon, the idiosyncrasies of each personality appear and witty barbs fly like sparks in this largely unheralded comic gem from Brook—his lone directorial effort in a long and successful acting career.

Genres: Comedy