The Imperfect Lady

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A good cast is not used properly in this cliched story about Milland, a charming peer of the realm in Victorian England, who falls hard for Wright, a music hall dancer. Milland's stuffy brother, Hardwicke, tells Wright that if she continues this fling with Milland it just might ruin his standing in the community. She loves him so much that she decides it...read more

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A good cast is not used properly in this cliched story about Milland, a charming peer of the realm in Victorian England, who falls hard for Wright, a music hall dancer. Milland's stuffy brother, Hardwicke, tells Wright that if she continues this fling with Milland it just might ruin his

standing in the community. She loves him so much that she decides it would be better if she stepped away, so she does so and returns to her own career as a dancer. In one of those ironic twists that only seem to happen in scriptwriters' minds, she leaves the theater one evening and is mistakenly

thought to be a prostitute. To avoid being arrested, she manages to get into the apartment of Spanish concert pianist Quinn. Next day, Quinn is arrested (mistakenly again) for having murdered a pawnbroker the night before. Wright is his alibi but he doesn't know her name or how to get in touch

with her. The police believe Quinn enough to make an attempt to find Wright. Milland locates Wright and says the heck with his career, he loves her and wants to marry her. As soon as their betrothal is announced, Wright's photograph is published in the newspaper and Quinn tells the cops that she

is his alibi. When they question her, Wright denies knowing Quinn or ever having spent a night in his apartment because she fears that kind of scandal might cause the end of her marriage to Milland. Quinn is brought to trial and it looks bad for him until Wright, torn by guilt, shows up in court

for the denouement. She tells the court that she did, in fact, stay that night with Quinn. He is freed but the resultant brouhaha causes Milland to resign his position. However, he believes Wright's story and is determined to remain at her side, leaving us with that feeling that if there is any

justice in this world, Wright's selfless gesture will bear fruit and she and Milland will live happily ever after. A good cast is hampered by a listless script and even more lethargic direction. In a small role is Lilian Fontaine, the mother of Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine.

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