Young Wives' Tale

Young Wives' Tale
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Directed by Henry Cass
Written by Anne Burnaby
Based on Young Wives' Tale by Ronald Jeans
Produced by Victor Skutezky
Starring Joan Greenwood
Nigel Patrick
Derek Farr
Guy Middleton
Cinematography Erwin Hillier
Edited by Edward B. Jarvis
Music by Philip Green
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé Limited (UK)
Release date
  • November 1951 (1951-11) (UK)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £146,059 (UK)[1]

Young Wives' Tale, also known as Fun for Four, is a 1951 British comedy film directed by Henry Cass and starring Joan Greenwood, Nigel Patrick, Derek Farr, and Guy Middleton.[2] The film is based on the 1949 play Young Wives' Tale by Ronald Jeans. It features one of Audrey Hepburn's earliest film roles, albeit a minor one, as Eve Lester.[3]


Faced with the post-war housing shortage, two couples, each with an infant child, decide to share a house. Their inability to find and retain a reliable nanny exacerbates the problems caused by the crowding, and a pretty young lodger and Sabina's persistent old beau intensify the tensions.


Critical reception

TV Guide noted "Broad humor is the order of the day," and rated the film 3/5 stars[4]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p496
  2. ^ "Young Wives' Tale (1951)". BFI.
  3. ^ Karney, Robyn (15 June 2012). Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781611457131 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Young Wives' Tale | TV Guide".

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