Cluny Brown


One of Ernst Lubitsch’s last films, this BFI-restored, booklet-enhanced, frothy English country-house comedy is sprightly enough, but scores nothing like the wit and verve of Ninotchka or To Be Or Not To Be. Jennifer Jones delivers a perky performance as amateur plumber and parlourmaid Cluny Brown, who’s rescued from the British class system by Charles Boyer’s Czech scrounger. Lubitsch casts some comical English cameos and the foxy Boyer knocks the dialogue about deliciously, but a pre-Rat Pack Peter Lawford is mesmerisingly wooden as the young, idealistic heir of the manor house.

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