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Time Out says

One of the elegant Leisen's very best, with a lovely performance from Goddard as the 18th century London slum wench who gatecrashes society after being painted as a lady by Gainsborough. The tartly witty script (from a novel by Rosamund Marshall) owes something to Pygmalion as the grubby waif is taken up by Milland's raffish young man-about-town and taught the secrets of speech and deportment by his aunt. But tone and mood come closer to Renoir's Diary of a Chambermaid, blending sharp cynicism with shafts of tenderness as Milland seeks to capitalise on his creation, she sacrifices herself to save him from debtor's prison, and a couple of profitable marriages intervene before romance has its way. Stunningly shot by Daniel Fapp, scrupulously authentic in period detail (gorgeous sets and costumes), it's wholly delightful.
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Release Details

  • Duration:104 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mitchell Leisen
  • Screenwriter:Darrell Ware, Karl Tunberg
  • Cast:
    • Paulette Goddard
    • Ray Milland
    • Patric Knowles
    • Reginald Owen
    • Cecil Kellaway
    • Constance Collier
    • Sara Allgood
    • Eric Blore
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