Look Before You Love

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Look Before You Love
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Directed by Harold Huth
Produced by John Corfield
Harold Huth
Screenplay by Reginald Long
Story byI Know You by Ketti Frings
Starring Margaret Lockwood
Griffith Jones
Norman Wooland
Music by Bretton Byrd
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Burnham Productions
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 7 December 1948 (1948-12-07)(UK)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Look Before You Love is a 1948 British drama film directed by Harold Huth and starring Margaret Lockwood, Griffith Jones and Maurice Denham. [1]


Plot summary

A woman working in the British Embassy in Brazil falls in love and marries a man, but soon discovers him to be a drunken wastrel tied up with serious crime. [2]



The film was originally known as I Know You and Change of Heart. [3] Margaret Lockwood had been arguing with the Rank Organisation over what films she should make but agreed to do this. [4]

Critical reception

In a contemporary review, Variety called the film "an overlong and somewhat corny love story that gives Margaret Lockwood a sympathetic role after her many Wicked Lady characterisations, in which she has been so successfully typed in the past", adding, "it may gratify the out-of-town popular audiences, but its chances of success in any metropolis are scant"; [5] while more recently, TV Guide rated the film two out of five stars, dismissing it as a "Ridiculous story played straight; as a farce it might have had some chance." [6]

The film generally received poor reviews. [7] The film's failure contributed to the decline in Lockwood's popularity. [8]

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  2. "LOOK BEFORE YOU LOVE". The Australian Women's Weekly . 17 (10). 13 August 1949. p. 46. Retrieved 28 September 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "Lockwood happy in new role". The Sun (2359). Sydney. 27 June 1948. p. 31 (STUMPS). Retrieved 28 September 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "Bing Crosby will go to England to make a film". The Sun (2337). Sydney. 25 January 1948. p. 27. Retrieved 28 September 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  5. "Variety (December 1948)". archive.org.
  6. "Look Before You Love". TVGuide.com.
  7. "Popular stars out of contest". The Australian Women's Weekly . 16 (38). 26 February 1949. p. 32. Retrieved 28 September 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  8. Vagg, Stephen (29 January 2020). "Why Stars Stop Being Stars: Margaret Lockwood". Filmink.