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Lovin' the Ladies (1930)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  6 April 1930 (USA)
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Jimmy Farnsworth (Allen Kearns) bets his friend $5,000 that he can get any two people, under the proper environment, to fall in love and become engaged within a month.

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(as Melville Brown)

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(based on the play: "I Love You"), (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Peter Darby
Lois Wilson ...
Joan Bently
Allen Kearns ...
Jimmy Farnsworth
Rita La Roy ...
Louise Endicott (as Rita LaRoy)
Anthony Bushell ...
Brooks - the Butler
Renée Macready ...
Betty Duncan
Virginia Sale ...
Marie - Joan's Maid
Henry Armetta ...
Signore Sagatelli
Ernest Hilliard ...
Davison - Tailor Shop Owner
Selmer Jackson ...
George Van Horne
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Jimmy Farnsworth (Allen Kearns) bets his friend $5,000 that he can get any two people, under the proper environment, to fall in love and become engaged within a month.

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Comedy | Romance

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6 April 1930 (USA)  »

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The Roughneck Lover  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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The tune performed repeatedly by Henry Armetta on the violin is "You're Always in My Arms" from Rio Rita (1929), an RKO Radio release of a few months earlier. See more »

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Silver Threads Among the Gold
(1873) (uncredited)
Music by H.P. Danks
Whistled by Richard Dix
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Richard Dix shows he is deft at light comedy in this one ...
15 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... although RKO usually placed him in melodramas. This one is a surprisingly unnaughty romantic comedy of errors considering this is the precode era, and even though the Depression has not begun to hit hard it makes sport of the idle rich as though they could not manage to deal with a can opener if not for the help of their valets.

The film opens on a couple of rich men - Jimmy Farnsworth and George Van Horne - playing pool in their tuxedos in a fabulous art deco apartment. Unfortunately, the lights are on the fritz. Enter Peter Darby the electrician (Richard Dix). While Darby is fixing the lights Farnsworth and Van Horne enter into a bet. Farnsworth claims there is no such thing as love and that he can get any man to propose to any woman and get her to accept. They wager 5000 dollars on it. Farnsworth is allowed to use any means possible to accomplish the task, and Van Horne gets to name the man and woman. Van Horne names a difficult woman of their wealthy crowd, but for the man he names Darby the electrician. The odd thing here is that the two men bring Darby into full knowledge of the bet - he gets to keep half of Farnsworth's 5000 if he succeeds. Why Van Horne was OK with this was unclear. Most of the rest of the film has Darby as a guest at Farnsworth's estate where he is supposed to woo the unsuspecting heiress while masquerading as a wealthy man. Farnsworth may be a rather useless fellow, but he is quite good at providing the romantic ambiance. He is so good, in fact, that things go terribly and hilariously wrong and almost every woman at the party winds up passionately attracted to Darby except the object of the bet. You see, Farnsworth made one critical error while remaking Darby - he taught him to act and dress just like himself. Clothes may make the man but they also make a stuffed shirt, and the woman of interest wants nothing to do with them. Plus Darby has begun to develop an actual attraction for Farnworth's girl, Joan, with whom he has a great deal in common. I'll let you watch and see how this pans out.

Like I said before, the funny part is seeing how dim Farnsworth and Van Horne are portrayed here versus Farnsworth's butler Brooks (Anthony Bushell) and Darby the electrician. The two working class men discuss poetry, labor relations, and the burden of a good education early on in the film. Apparently Brooks, highly educated, took a job as a butler since all potential bosses were suspicious of his education and knowledge.

This one might have benefited by tighter pacing and perhaps a better supporting cast for Dix, but overall it was a pretty good drawing room comedy.


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