Oscar Wilde's comic jewel sparkles in Anthony Asquith's film adaptation of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Featuring brilliantly polished performances by Michael Redgrave, Joan Greenwood, and Dame Edith Evans, the enduringly hilarious story of two youngwomen who think themselves engaged to the same nonexistent man is given the grand Technicolor treatment. Seldom has a classic stage comedy been so engagingly transferred to the screen.
Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of morals and deceptions in Victorian England is faithfully brought to the screen by director Anthony Asqutih. The story revolves around Algernon Moncrieff (Michael Denison) and Jack Worthing (Michael Redgrave), friends who both pass themselves off as men named Ernest in order to woo the women they love. The object of Algernon's affection is Jack's beautiful ward (Dorothy Tutin), while Jack has his eye on Algy's cousin (Joan Greenwood). With Margaret Rutherford, Edith Evans. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.