In this pitch-black comedy from legendary writer-director Preston Sturges, Rex Harrison stars as Sir Alfred De Carter, a world-famous symphony conductor consumed with the suspicion that his wife is having an affair. During a concert, the jealous De Carter entertains elaborate visions of vengeance, set to three separate orchestral works. But when he attempts to put his murderous fantasies into action, nothing works out quite as planned. A brilliantly performed mixture of razor-sharp dialogue and uproarious slapstick, Unfaithfully Yours is a true classic from a grand master of screen comedy. —The Criterion Collection
One of Hollywood’s genuinely legendary directors, Preston Sturges redefined the boundaries and meaning of screen comedy as a filmmaker during part of the early ‘40s. The full range of his influence on movies, however, extended far beyond the director’s chair or the success of the pictures that he helmed. Sturges first made his mark in Hollywood as a screenwriter through a series of acclaimed (and still-admired) scripts across the 1930s whose qualities still resonate seven decades later.
The son of a socially prominent couple, he was born Edmund Preston Biden in Chicago in 1898. He had a cosmopolitan upbringing throughout Europe and America, and served in the Air Corps during World War I. He worked for a time in his mother’s cosmetics company before moving into other fields, including inventing. Sturges began writing plays in the late ’20s, creating one major hit, Strictly Dishonorable, which was subsequently filmed twice, the first time in 1931 by John M. Stahl (in a form surprisingly… read more
Some spiffing lines delivered at machine-gun speed by a deliciously conceited Rex Harrison, here in full "Henry Higgins" mode. Wonderful. In the last scene, did anyone else expect her to secretly wink across the room at the guy (with whom she was accused of having an affair) just after she kisses her husband? Now that would have been a pretty good twist.
Detective Sweeney: You handle Handel like nobody handles Handel. And your Delius – delirious! “Some men make you think of brut champagne, with others you think of pruneau juice”
I'd long wanted to see Preston Sturges's last film, Les carnets du Major Thompson, AKA The Diaries of Major Thompson, AKA The French, They