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The Marriage Playground (1929)

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Palm Beach love. The wedding march. The divorce judge's gavel. Who pays the piper? (Print Ad)

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13 December 1929 (USA)  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »

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Remade as The Children (1990) See more »

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Stilted amateurish acting, poor direction, dismal comedy
22 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The other three reviews thus far seem to be addressing a different film altogether. The pacing here is funereal, the actors don't act their lines, they speak them, slowly and haltingly, as if we were at a first rehearsal of a high school drama performance. There is no talent to speak of, even Kay Francis is subdued. Fredric March is embarrassingly bad. Some of the facial expressions are truly laughable.

I have not yet read the novel, THE CHILDREN, from which this is derived, but I doubt it was a comedy. Irresponsible playboy/girl rich adults behaving like children and leaving a wake of seven stepchildren in their entourage, constantly being torn apart, as the adults switch marriage partners, yearning to remain together as siblings - hardly stuff of comedy - perhaps it was a further indication of the distorted times during which the film was made that it was adapted in this fashion.

This was remade in France in 1990 under its original title, but the film is not available on DVD for comparison.

A real chore to sit through and a colossal bore to boot.


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