Cluny Brown

Cluny Brown

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1946 • United States
Starring Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer, Peter Lawford

The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down—with plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), an eccentric Continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from. Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch’s famously light touch, CLUNY BROWN is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts.

Cluny Brown
  • Cluny Brown

    Directed by Ernst Lubitsch • 1946 • United States
    Starring Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer, Peter Lawford

    The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations. J...

Extras

  • Squirrels to the Nuts

    In the following program, recorded for the Criterion Collection in 2019, film critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme discuss CLUNY BROWN and the history of unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitsch’s films.

  • Kristin Thompson

    In this 2019 video essay, film scholar Kristin Thompson, author of Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood, describes how director Ernst Lubitsch uses reaction shots to humorous effect in CLUNY BROWN.

  • The Lubitsch Touch

    Recorded in 2004, the following program features film critic Bernard Eisenschitz discussing the progression of Ernst Lubitsch’s career, from the director’s beginning in German silents through CLUNY BROWN, the last film he saw to completion.

  • Screen Director's Playhouse

    This 1950 episode of Screen Director’s Playhouse is a broadcast adaptation of CLUNY BROWN and stars Dorothy McGuire and Charles Boyer.