Cinema: Grounded Bird

Georgy Girl spells out the tragicomic misadventures of another forlorn young creature whose dealings with men often take a businesslike turn for the worse. She is only a butler's daughter, but James Mason, as master of the house, has a handsome proposition for her. "I want you to be my mistress," he says, as he hands her a written contract spelling out magnanimous terms. Squinting at the fine print, Georgy wonders aloud: "Will we have to have shareholders and things?"

This eccentric English comedy, all tea-cozy quirks and idiosyncrasy like a thousand others, boasts one sterling asset in Georgy herself, played by...

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