Darling, How Could You!

Darling, How Could You! is a 1951 American period comedy film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Joan Fontaine and John Lund. The script is based on the James Barrie play Alice Sit-by-the-Fire.[1][2] The film was directed by Mitchell Leisen.[3]

Darling, How Could You!
Directed byMitchell Leisen
Written byDodie Smith
Lesser Samuels
Based onAlice Sit-by-the-Fire
by James Barrie
StarringJoan Fontaine
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
CinematographyDaniel L. Fapp
Edited byAlma Macrorie
Eda Warren
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
August 8, 1951
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States


In late 1906, brother and sister Cosmo and Amy Grey have not seen their parents for many years, their father being a doctor who has been in Panama during work on the Panama Canal. Their housekeeper sends them to see a play, Peter Pan, but by mistake they end up seeing a rather sophisticated family melodrama instead.

Robert and Alice Grey come home not sure what to expect. The children hardly know their parents at all. Baby Molly has formed a natural attachment to her nanny, and both are reluctant to have Alice come in and "take over". Furthermore, the play has given Amy some peculiar ideas of how mature grown-ups behave. When she hears Alice receive an invitation to meet family friend Dr. Steven Clark, she falsely assumes they are having a romantic tryst.

Amy shows up at Steve's unexpectedly, trying to talk him out of the "affair." He is forced to hide her in a closet when Alice shows up. Robert has been invited as well, but when a glove is found and Amy's presence revealed, everybody gets the wrong idea. Alice assumes the doctor is seeing her daughter, while Robert assumes the doctor is seeing his wife.



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  2. "Darling, How Could You!". Rotten Tomatoes. United States: Fandango Media. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  3. "Darling, How Could You!". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved April 17, 2017.
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