The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

They don't come any wilder than Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality!

Algernon Moncrieff is surprised to discover that his affluent friend -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing. Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew. 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.

star 7.2 7.5 88%
  • Release Date: 1952-06-02
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Director: Anthony Asquith

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  • Michael Redgrave

    Ernest Worthing

  • Michael Denison

    Algernon Moncrieff

  • Edith Evans

    Lady Bracknell

  • Joan Greenwood

    Gwendolen Fairfax

  • Dorothy Tutin

    Cecily Cardew

  • Margaret Rutherford

    Miss Prism

  • Miles Malleson

    Canon Chasuble

  • Richard Wattis


  • Walter Hudd


  • Aubrey Mather


  • Ivor Barnard

    Conductor (Uncredited)


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