REVIEW: The Divorce Of Lady X (1938)

Film Review 39

Title: The Divorce of Lady X
Release Year: 1938
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon & Ralph Richardson
Plot: A divorce lawyer falls in love with a strange woman and later finds that she is his client's wife.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ _
 



Review:
I love me some good old British romantic comedy and this one is one of my favourites.
Rasha and I went on a British classic film frenzy last year after finding that most of them were public domain and can easily be viewed on YouTube.
We first searched for films starring our favourite actors and were so excited to find one with both Olivier & Richardson.


I was shocked to find that it was in technicolor because it is in such low quality...at least in the version online.
The storyline is adapted from a play that was also made into a film called "Counsel's Opinion", 1933 by the same producer and starring Lady X's supporting actress. I haven't seen that version but judging by Binnie Barnes' bad acting in the role of Lady Mere, I do not think I'd enjoy her as Leslie.


The story is about Logan (Olivier) falling in love with a socialite (Leslie) who tricks him into thinking she was married to his client (Lord Mere) to teach him a lesson - after listening to a bad remark he had made about women. 


Laurence Olivier - like Rex Harrison - is superb in roles as a misogynist snob. Somehow his undermining women and their characters is rather cute. I actually loved his first speech before the court, belittling the woman on the stand and generalising the behaviour of all women - which was highly exaggerated - because funnily enough, it was an exact description of women today. I shall post the speech some other time.
Olivier was funny even if some comedic parts were slapstick and might feel outdated for some.


Ralph Richardson as Lord Mere was exceedingly funny, I just wish he had more lines.


Merle Oberon as Olivier's love interest did great as she usually does but I didn't feel that way the first time I saw it. I wasn't that happy with her because whenever Olivier is in a film I always feel they could've easily have cast Vivien Leigh opposite him...but such is life!


I still like her though. I think she was a great actress & perfect for the role.


If you love funny old romance then add this to your list. Highly recommended, especially if you're in a silly mood!

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