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Perfect Understanding (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 March 1933 (USA)
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A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.


Cyril Gardner


Miles Malleson (story), Miles Malleson (dialogue) | 1 more credit »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Swanson ... Judy Rogers
Laurence Olivier ... Nicholas Randall
John Halliday ... Ivan Ronnson
Nigel Playfair Nigel Playfair ... Lord Portleigh
Michael Farmer Michael Farmer ... George Drayton
Genevieve Tobin ... Kitty Drayton
Charles Cullum Charles Cullum ... Sir John Fitzmaurice
Nora Swinburne ... Lady Stephanie Fitzmaurice
O.B. Clarence ... Dr. Graham
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Mrs. Graham
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Butler
Rosalinde Fuller Rosalinde Fuller ... Cook
Miles Malleson ... Announcer
Ben Webster Ben Webster ... Judge
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Bradley - Nick's Counsel


A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casamento Liberal See more »

Filming Locations:

Gosport, Hampshire, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rowland V. Lee was replaced as director by Cyril Gardner, who had originally been signed to edit the movie. See more »


Ivan Ronnson: Oh, but it is easy enough to give advice when one's own heart is not involved.
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I Love You So Much That I Hate You
Music by Henry Sullivan
Lyrics by Rowland Leigh
Sung by Gloria Swanson
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Laurence Olivier is gorgeous.
27 April 2013 | by xFuntooshSee all my reviews

Yes, yes, I know that Sir Laurence thought that all his films before "Wuthering Heights" were garbage. But this is a forgotten gem. Sure, people may not like it, and I get why, because this film doesn't introduce anything new. It's got Judy (Gloria Swanson), an actress I really like, paired with Nick Randall (Laurence Olivier), in a film that involves at first, a good deal of fluff, and then it takes a turn for the dramatic. Honestly, I have to say, the last half hour of the film didn't impress me. Yes, I'm a sucker for fluff and light-hearted stuff, and the fact that Laurence Olivier was looking his best here, at age 26, didn't really predispose me not to like this film. But I have to say about the character of Nick, he was a complete blockhead in the last half hour. He admitted his mistake and wanted forgiveness, but when he thought that Judy did the same thing, gosh, he totally flew off the handle and absolutely frustrated both me and her. You did the same thing, Nick, so you may as well take responsibility. But the jealousy part plays out very realistically, so I don't mind too much. The ending was a bit rushed, though.

Still, watch this movie if you're either a Laurence Olivier fan who just wants to see him (and not mind characters being blockheads), or if you're a Gloria Swanson fan. Nothing new, but enjoyable all the same.

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