The New Pictures, Apr. 11, 1949

The Fan (20th Century-Fox) features a group of talented actors pretending unsuccessfully to be characters in a play by Oscar Wilde. At its original best, 57 years ago, Lady Windermere's Fan was little more than a stylish vehicle for Wilde's wicked quips and epigrams. At its 20th Century movie worst, it emerges as a sentimental woman's drama—a sort of Stella Dallas in turn-of-the-century stays.

Hollywood has given The Fan some handsome costumes and sets, retained a few of Wilde's wittier lines, and plumped out the familiar plot, like a tired old pillow, into a...

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