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"The Importance of Being Earnest": Albany Room (08:23)


Algernon Moncrieff forces Jack to explain what the inscription on his cigarette case means; Jack admits his name isn’t Ernest Worthing. Algernon tells Jack he has always suspected him of being “a confirmed and secret Bunburyist.” The old gentleman who adopted Jack made him guardian to Miss Cecily Cardew.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": Algernon's Home (10:24)

Ernest arrives unannounced. In exchange for an invitation to dine at Willis.' Algernon offers to distract Lady Bracknell so Ernest can propose to Gwendolyn Fairfax. She expresses her adoration for the name Ernest.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": Bred in a Handbag (10:37)

Lady Bracknell tells Gwendolyn that she is not engaged and tells her to wait outside. Lady Bracknell asks Ernest questions to determine if he will be a suitable husband. She advises him to find parents before the season ends.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": Jack's Estate in Hertfordshire (06:24)

In the garden, Miss Prism tries to interest Cecily in her German lesson. Cecily, who has begun writing in her diary, says she wishes Jack would allow Ernest to visit them sometime. Miss Prism and Dr. Chasuble go off together.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": Wicked Cousin Ernest (10:51)

The butler informs Cecily that Ernest has arrived from the station. Posing as Ernest, Algernon proposes that Cecily should reform him; he and Cecily flirt with each other. As Jack is announcing Ernest's death, Cecily states that “Uncle Jack’s brother” is in the dining room.

"The Importance of Being Earnest”: Imaginary Engagement (10:03)

Algernon proposes to Cecily; he is surprised to discover that she already considers them engaged; her fascination with “Uncle Jack’s brother” moved her to invent an elaborate romance. Algernon is surprised to learn that part of Cecily’s interest derives from the name Ernest.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": True Name Revealed (12:26)

Gwendolen arrives at the Manor House unannounced. Cecily explains that Ernest’s brother Jack is her guardian and she is engaged to Ernest. Gwendolen says it is impossible because she is engaged to Ernest. Jack and Algernon confess the truth.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": Engagement Negotiations (14:30)

Jack and Algernon argue over who will be christened Ernest. Cecily and Gwendolyn ask the men to explain why they lied about their names. Lady Bracknell arrives and asks Algernon about Bunbury before approving his engagement.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": Where Is That Baby? (09:26)

Dr. Chasuble announces that he is ready to perform the christenings. Miss Prism admits to Lady Bracknell that she mixed up the baby and the manuscript. Jack is Algernon's true brother and his father's name was Ernest John.

Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest (01:02)

Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Being Earnest

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Anthony Asquith directed this famous adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic play about romance and mistaken identity. Michael Redgrave and Michael Denison star as two wealthy Victorian dandies, and Edith Evans adds a legendary performance as the formidable Lady Bracknell. According to the film magazine Variety: "All the charm and glossy humor of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy emerges faithfully." Also starring Dorothy Tutin as Cecily and Margaret Rutherford as Miss Prism.

Length: 96 minutes

Item#: BVL202742

Copyright date: ©1952

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