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English Without Tears (Her Man Gilbey) (1944)





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English without Tears is a gentle satire of the temporary relaxation of class barriers in wartime England. Michael Wilding portrays the faithful family butler to a fabulously wealthy household. Each member of the family greets the news of upcoming world conflict with a different reaction, the most altruistic of which is that of the daughter (Penelope Dudley Ward), who joins the home service. When the butler rises to the army rank of lieutenant, the daughter sees him in a whole new light and falls in love with her onetime employee. There's little in this frivolous film that hasn't been done elsewhere, except perhaps for the opening-scene romantic complications in Geneva, which set the stage for the film's finale. English without Tears was released in the US in 1948 as Her Man Gilbey. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Michael Wilding
as Tom Gilbey
Penelope Ward
as Joan Heseltine
Lilli Palmer
as Brigid Knudsen
Claude Dauphin
as François de Freycinet
Roland Culver
as Sir Cosmo Brandon
Peggy Cummins
as Bobby Heseltine
Albert Lieven
as Felix Dembowski
Margaret Rutherford
as Lady Christabel Beauclerk
Felix Aylmer
as Spagott
Beryl Measor
as Miss Foljambe
Judith Furse
as Elsie Batter-Jones
Guy Middleton
as Captain Standish
Gerard Heinz
as Polish Officer
Penelope Dudley-Ward
as Joan Heseltine
André Randall
as Dutch Officer
Louise Lord
as (uncredited)
Joan Misseldine
as Girl at Dance
Antony Holles
as (uncredited)
Esma Cannon
as Queenie
David Keir
as (uncredited)
Ivor Barnard
as Mr. Quiel
Beryl Laverick
as Girl at Dance
Heather Boys
as A Third A.T.
Vida Hope
as An A.T.
Andreas Malandrinos
as Man in Gallery
Johnnie Schofield
as Police Sergeant
Peggy Carlisle
as (uncredited)
Brian Nissen
as (uncredited)
Patricia Owens
as (uncredited)
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English Without Tears is in places very funny, and in places labours a joke into insensibility.

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