Haughty, acid-tongued symphony conductor Alfred De Carter is madly in love with his wife, Daphne, but is driven to a murderous fit of jealousy when he reads a private detective's report of her activities during his absence.
Convinced she is having an affair with his handsome young secretary, Tony, De Carter contemplates doing them both in. His fantasies of revenge inflate with elaborate, grisly detail in his mind as he conducts, but attempts to carry out his plans degenerate into a slapstick fiasco.
Rex Harrison ... Sir Alfred De Carter
Linda Darnell ... Daphne De Carter
Rudy Vallee ... August Henshler
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara
Kurt Kreuger ... Anthony
Lionel Stander ... Hugo Standoff
Edgar Kennedy ... Detective Sweeney
Al Bridge ... House Detective (as Alan Bridge)
Julius Tannen ... O'Brien, the Tailor
Torben Meyer ... Dr. Schultz
It is rare when a film is so funny that it will give me fits of belly laughter, and Unfaithfully Yours is one of them. Rex Harrison stars as an English aristocrat and eminent conductor who, despite being madly in love with his wife (played by Linda Darnell) realizes as a result of several misunderstandings that she may be cheating on him. While he is conducting a symphony concert he comes up with three different scenarios in his head of how to deal with her alleged duplicity. Actually carrying out these plans turns out to be an entirely different matter.
Preston Sturges is always an excellent writer and director, but his quick wit and double entendres are a revelation in this film. One almost has to watch it two or three times to get every comment uttered and facial expression portrayed by our protagonist (Harrison). His delivery is superb, sometimes almost funnier than the words he is saying. Darnell and the supporting cast provide excellent straight and slapstick moments. Dudley Moore starred in a remake of this film in the 80's which was also enjoyable, but having now seen this film, I highly recommend the original over the remake. It is an hour and a half of pure delight.
* The orchestral conductor Sir Alfred de Carter, is based loosely on the real life British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Beecham was the son of pharmacist Sir Joseph Beecham, the inventor of the laxative Beecham's Pills. Accordingly Harrison's character, Sir Alfred de Carter, is said to be named after Carter's Little Liver Pills, the American equivalent.