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Our Betters Details


Our Betters is adapted from Somerset Maugham's play about the shallowness and hypocrisy of the idle rich. American heiress Constance Bennett snares a titled British husband (Alan Mobray), but when she discovers that he is merely marrying her for her money, she decides to carry on a few affairs of her own. Going from wide-eyed innocent to bitter cynic, Bennett tries to maneuver her own sister (Anita Louise) into a titled marriage so that the "gravy train" of privileges and sexual liaisons will never end. Bennett ultimately ends up alone and miserable, though she retains her wealth and puts up a good front right to the final fade-out. Maugham's original play was intended to satirize wealthy Americans who buy their way into European society, but the film version of Our Betters is far rougher on the Continental Set than it is on Constance Bennett. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Constance Bennett
as Pearl Grayston
Gilbert Roland
as Peppi D'Costa
Charles Starrett
as Fleming Harvey
Anita Louise
as Bessie
Grant Mitchell
as Thornton Clay
Hugh Sinclair
as Lord Henry Bleane
Alan Mowbray
as Lord George Grayston
Minor Watson
as Arthur Fenwick
Phoebe Foster
as Princess
Harold Entwistle
as Hare
Virginia Howell
as Mrs. Saunders
Walter Walker
as Mr. Saunders
Harold Entwistle
as Hare
Phoebe Foster
as Princess
Virginia Howell
as Mrs. Saunders


George Cukor
David O. Selznick
Jane Murfin
Max Steiner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Kitchin
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Elsa Maxwell