Criterion Critics

Cluny Brown (1946)

Episode #24

Twentieth Century Fox released Cluny Brown on June 2, 1946. Ernst Lubitsch directed the film starring Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, and Peter Lawford.

‘Cluny Brown’ Criterion Summary

Cluny Brown takes place in 1938 England on the verge of a new war. Czech Professor Adam Belinski escapes his homeland and Hitler’s persecution for the safety in England. Cluny Brown is free-spirited orphan niece of a plumber who is secretly learning her uncle’s trade. Adam and Cluny have a chance meeting at the London apartment of Hilary Ames who’s sink is clogged. Cluny’s uncle doesn’t know she’s there to fix the plumbing, but when he finds her, he angrily sends her off to be a servant at Friars Carmel Manor in the English countryside. It’s there that Cluny meets Adam again when he arrives there as a guest at the manor. Belinski quickly falls in love with Cluny, and tries to keep her from marrying a dull shopkeeper named Mr. Wilson.

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