The Reluctant Debutante

The Reluctant Debutante

Rex Harrison
Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
, Kay Kendall
Kay Kendall
, John Saxon
John Saxon
Vincente Minnelli

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The Reluctant Debutante is a vintage example of the sort of elegant, witty "polite" comedy that Hollywood used to pull off so well. Real-life husband and wife Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall are cast as newly wed Jimmy and Sheila Broadbent, two of London's more attractive aristocrats. Jimmy has a daughter, Jane (Sandra Dee), from a previous marriage; though the girl is dead set against it, Jimmy insists that Jane make her society debut in London. Daddy wants his darling daughter to meet the "right" kind of husband, but she's more interested in handsome-but-shady American musician David Parkson (John Saxon). Little does anyone know that David, secretly a titled millionaire, is actually the prize catch of the season. The matchless Kay Kendall manages to walk away with the picture, though she's given a run for her money by fifth-billed Angela Lansbury. The Reluctant Debutante was based on the play by William Douglas Home.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2011
UPC: 0883316311509
Original Release: 1958
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 7,602

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Jimmy Broadbent
Kay Kendall Sheila Broadbent
John Saxon David Parkson
Sandra Dee Jane Broadbent
Angela Lansbury Mabel Claremont
Diane Clare Clarissa Claremont
Peter Myers David Fenner
Charles Cullum English Colonel
Ambrosine Phillpotts Secretary
Sheila Raynor Maid

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Pierre Balmain Costumes/Costume Designer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Robert Christides Set Decoration/Design
Jean D'Eaubonne Art Director
Adrienne Fazan Editor
William Douglas Home Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Jean-Paul Ulysse Makeup
Eddie Warner Score Composer

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