On Approval


Milliken at the Dennos Museum Sun, Aug 3, 2014 12:00 PM
Sponsored by: Dan & Florence Wettlaufer
Film Info
Section:State Theatre Centennial
Release Year:1944
Runtime:80 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Production Country:UK
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Clive Brook
Beatrice Lillie
Googie Withers
Roland Culver
O.B. Clarence
Laurence Hanray
Director:Clive Brook
Produced by:Clive Brook
Screenwriter:Clive Brook
Cinematography:Claude Friese-Greene
Editing By:Fergus McDonell
Music By:William Alwyn


An incredible rediscovery of classic cinema, “On Approval” is one of those deliciously witty comedies of manners that the Brits seem to do so much better than anyone else. A rather scandalous look at love in the gay 1890s, the film follows two wealthy women in the market for potential mates who enter into platonic one-month matrimonial auditions with two blue-blooded (but recently impoverished) bachelors. This seemingly sensible compatibility test becomes anything but in this lively romantic romp, chock full of effervescent sight gags, stylistic flourishes, and deftly satiric banter. It is a true cinematic tragedy that director and star Clive Brook only bestowed his gossamer-light comedic touch on this one film.