I Lived with You

I Lived With You is a 1933 British romantic comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Ivor Novello, Ursula Jeans and Ida Lupino.[1] It is based on the West End hit play I Lived With You by Novello.[2]

I Lived With You
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byJulius Hagen
Written byIvor Novello (play)
George A. Cooper
H. Fowler Mear
StarringIvor Novello
Ursula Jeans
Ida Lupino
Jack Hawkins
Music byW.L. Trytel
CinematographySydney Blythe
Edited byJack Harris
Distributed byWoolf & Freedman Film Service
Release date
  • 1933 (1933)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

A young cockney shop girl meets a penniless Russian prince and takes him home to live with her family. His presence creates chaos in the girl's humble Fulham home. It turns out he has a secret cache of diamonds given him by the last Czar, and is persuaded to start selling them.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "originally a play by Novello, who transplanted almost the entire cast for the filmed version, the main exception to the stage cast being Lupino, who gave a strong emotional performance." [3] and the Radio Times wrote, "it's all directed with a teasingly respectable salaciousness by Maurice Elvey, but of much greater interest to most film fans will be the pre-fame performances of Jack Hawkins and Ida Lupino." [2] and BBC Wales Arts wrote, "this is a riotously funny film and Novello not for the first or last time on screen, operates, tantalisingly, on different layers. He's always aware of his screen spectator in the dark, but don't be misled - this performance doesn't reek of the greasepaint in the least. It's just that Novello has the rare ability to maintain a playful, ironic stance which many critics, even today, seem incapable of appreciating or recognising." [4]



  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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