The Importance of Being Earnest

Rated NR 95 minutes 1952

Algernon Moncrieff (Michael Denison) is surprised to discover that his affluent friend -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing (Michael Redgrave). Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew (Dorothy Tutin). Cecily believes that Ernest is Jack's wayward brother and is keen on his raffish lifestyle. Algernon, seeing an opportunity, assumes Ernest's identity and sneaks off to woo Cecily.

Film Credits

Director: Anthony Asquith

Cast: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Edith Evans, Richard Wattis, Margaret Rutherford, Joan Greenwood and Dorothy Tutin


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