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The Fan (1949)

aka Lady Windermere's Fan

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Details: 89 mins · English


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Small Lady Windermere
Small Mrs. Erlynne
Small Lord Darlington
Small Lord Windermere
Small Duchess of Berwick
Small Cecil Graham
No_movie_poster Tuppy
Small Mr. James Hopper
No_movie_poster Philippe's Assistant


Small Otto Preminger Director
No_movie_poster Walter Reisch Writer
No_movie_poster Dorothy Parker Writer
Small Otto Preminger Production
Small Oscar Wilde Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Louis R. Loeffler Editing


The film opens in a post-World War II London auction house, where an elderly woman is trying to acquire an attractive fan she claims was once hers. A flashback to the Victorian era of Wilde's play reveals she is the scandalous Mrs. Erlynne, who in middle age becomes entangled with Lord Arthur Windermere, whose young and beautiful but socially conservative wife Margaret tends to judge others harshly. Lord Windermere financially supports Mrs. Erlynne, allowing her to live in the elegant manner to which she's accustomed, and the couple become the favorite subject of local gossips. When Margaret hears the stories, she mistakenly believes the two are involved in a clandestine affair and subsequently allows herself to succumb to the charms of Lord Robert Darlington, who has made no secret of his ongoing romantic interest in her. In order to ensure the younger woman does not make the same mistakes she has in the past, Mrs. Erlynne reveals a shocking secret - she is Lady Windermere's mother, whom Margaret was told had died when the woman abandoned her husband and daughter for another man. In order to protect the girl's reputation, Mrs. Erlynne sacrifices her own happiness by placing herself in a compromising position that jeopardizes her pending marriage to Augustus Lorton.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1949-04-01 : New York City

Theatrical : 1950-04-10 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1950-12-08 : Finland

Theatrical : 1951-02-15 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1955-05-20 : Austria

2012-08-09 : Locarno