Mrs. Fitzherbert (film)

Mrs. Fitzherbert, also known as Princess Fitz and A Court Secret, is a rarely seen 1947 British historical drama film directed by Montgomery Tully and starring Peter Graves, Joyce Howard and Leslie Banks.[1] It depicts the relationship between George IV and Maria Fitzherbert.[2] It is an adaptation of the 1945 novel Princess Fitz by Winifred Carter

Mrs. Fitzherbert
Original Australian daybill
Directed byMontgomery Tully
Produced byLouis H. Jackson
Written byMontgomery Tully
Based onthe novel Princess Fitz by Winifred Carter
StarringPeter Graves
Joyce Howard
Leslie Banks
Margaretta Scott
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byCharles Hasse
Distributed byPathé Pictures International (UK)
Release date
3 December 1947 (London) (UK)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The Prince Regent falls in love with Mrs. Fitzherbert, a Catholic widow, but because of their great social divide, she laughs at his advances. The distraught prince responds with a suicide attempt. Mrs. Fitzherbert feels compassion, and the couple are secretly married. Unfortunately, their secret soon becomes the stuff of gossip and rumour, and when this threatens the relationship between the prince and the king, the prince denies his marriage. The jilted Mrs. Fitzherbert then runs away, and the prince marries the woman to whom he was originally betrothed.[3]


Critical reception

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "it is so rigidly played that the whole thing has the appearance of an animated wax-works on the move."[4]


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