Originally released in England as The Courtneys of Curzon Street, The Courtney Affair entertainingly covers the first 45 years of the 20th century. Anna Neagle plays an Irish maid who upsets the class-distinction equilibrium by marrying aristocrat Michael Wilding. Shunned by "proper" society, Neagle leaves her husband and returns to Ireland, where she bears her child. During World War I, Wilding is reunited with Neagle, who has become a popular cabaret entertainer. Casting tradition to the winds, Wilding begs his wife's forgiveness and they start life all over again. An enormous moneymaker in Great Britain, The Courtney Affair was one more example of the international box-office clout of star Anna Neagle and her producer/director husband Herbert Wilcox (Note: the US version is eight minutes shorter than the British original--and the cuts are none too tidy).
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