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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, 28 Dec. 2008
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Maria (Beatrice Lillie) invites Richard (Roland Culver) to stay with her in her house in Scotland for a month to see if they are compatible and thus suited for marriage. George (Clive Brook) and Helen (Googie Withers) come along as chaperones for their friends, Helen for Maria and George for Richard. The staff at the house walk out of the residence, leaving the four main characters to fend for themselves and find out about each other.....

This film is very amusing - a good example of dialogue-driven humour. The script is well written and the cast deliver it with precision. All four main characters are well suited to their roles and equally excellent. The only oddity is that Googie Withers, playing an American, couldn't be more English! At the beginning of the film, a narrator delivers an intro in a very British comedy cartoon fashion. Perhaps this segment could have been shorter. However, once the film starts properly, it immediately holds the viewer's interest and runs for a decent length. There is also a twist in the tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mannered, amusing, and slightly malicious, 21 Aug. 2007
C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
On Approval is an immensely amusing comedy of upper class British manners. It is wickedly malicious without being mean-spirited. The four leads -- Clive Brook, Beatrice Lilly, Roland Culver, Googie Withers -- play off each other flawlessly. Brook, who also wrote and directed the film, is priceless as an aristocrat who finds it entirely reasonable to take his pleasures at the expense of others. "She's not crying because I said she was forty-one," he says with perfectly enunciated logic, "she's crying because she is forty-one."

Brook is largely forgotten now, but he was a major actor in his time. He made only one movie after this, 1963's List of Adrian Messenger. At 76 he could still command the screen, even when sharing scenes with George C. Scott.

The DVD's look and sound is very good.
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On Approval [Blu-ray] [1944] [US Import]
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