The Fan

Synopsis: Lord Windermere appears to all -including to his young wife Margaret - as the perfect husband. But their happy marriage is placed at risk when Lord Windermere starts spending his afternoons...
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Otto Preminger
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
89 min

I'm offered two and six

for this handsome trophy.

Do I hear another bid?

It's going for two and six

to the party in the checkered scarf.

Next, lot 177.

What have we here?

One mother-of-pearl box, inlaid,

containing a fan.

Here's a beauty for you!

Regency period, Alenon lace

mounted on carved ivory sticks.

Absolutely perfect condition.

You'd never know that Jerry

had dropped his filthy bombs near it.

What's the bid

for this veritable treasure?

Wallington Limited.

There it is, right there.

The stamp of one of

England's most refined jewelers.

Think of a noble lady, all done up

in her silks and her settings

that must have held this in her delicate


or waved it at her noble Lord.

Oh, here's a name on it. Margaret.

Now there's a real lady's name for you.

Come up, come up.

Don't be frightened of the aristocracy.

This here is more

than an object of beauty.

It's genuine necessity, it's what

every English home needs this winter.

Something to set up a nice cool breeze.

- Twelve shillings.

- Fifteen.


Eighteen shillings?

I'm an auctioneer, not Father Christmas.

Who will give a proper bid?

- Young man.

- How much, madam?

I have no intention of bidding.

Why should I?

It's my own fan.

Madam, this here is a piece

of unclaimed property

salvaged from blitz buildings

to be publicly sold.

Well, it isn't any more

because I'm claiming it now.

You should have thought

of that sooner.

These lots have been on view

for the past month.

Come on,

I made a bid of 18 shillings.

All right, 18 shillings for the gentleman

with the big heart.

Do I hear a pound?

What are you talking about?

The fan is mine.

You really can't stand there selling things

that don't belong to you.

How do I know the fan is yours?

Well, I... I told you so.

- Oh, come off it, madam.

- I shall be delighted to have it back.

It's been stored at Edwards's for years

while I've been travelling.

That's right, you know.

There was a direct hit on Edwards's.

Come on, we haven't got all day.

Madam, can you furnish

any proof of ownership?

- Have you got a bill for this fan?

- Of course not, it was a gift.

You'll find me always cheerful

and willing to oblige.

I'll put the fan aside for a day.

If you bring in someone who knows you

and knows it's yours, you can have it.

That's quite absurd. Everyone I once

knew in London must be dead by now.

Sorry, madam, but you must find

someone to establish proof.

Madam, would you fill in this form,

please? That is the law.

I'm sure it is -

it's quite inconvenient enough to be.


Would you be good enough to tell me,

is Lord Darlington still alive?

- He sure is.

- Oh, you're an American.

I spent many years

in your stimulating country.

I get along very well with Americans.

After you've married one or two of them,

they don't seem like foreigners at all.

- Does Lord Darlington live here?

- Oh yes, we all do.

Oh, how picturesque.

This is the drawing room.

There is the dining room.

There's the chandelier.

And there is the painting

over the fireplace.

And you, young ladies,

you are perhaps, um...


I hadn't known that Lord Darlington

had ever visited America.

Oh no, we just rent our rooms here.

Oh, forgive me.

I've been away for so long.

It's rather startling to find

Lord Darlington letting lodgings.

Don't you know

there's a housing shortage?

This is an office now.

And just what office is this?

We work for an organization in the

States that sends food to people here.

I knew you were nice girls

the moment I laid eyes on you.

And does Lord Darlington

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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker (née Rothschild; August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, writer, critic, and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in publications such as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed when her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist. Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker." Nevertheless, both her literary output and reputation for sharp wit have endured. more…

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