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God's Gift to Women (1931)

A Parisian descendant of Don Juan vows to stop philandering in order to win the hand of a virtous young lady with a disapproving father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Auguste, Toto's Butler
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Billy House ...
Mons. Chaumier, an Irate Husband
Armand Kaliz ...
Tyrell Davis ...
Basil, called 'Pompom' (as Tyrrell Davis)
Eleanor Gutöhrlein ...
Maybelle (as Sisters G)


Contemporary Casanova Toto loves beautiful women and pursues them shamelessly. Then he falls in love with respectable Mary and realizes that to win her he must stop his philandering. But Mary has little confidence in Toto's resolve and concocts a plan of her own. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

13 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Devil Was Sick  »

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$220,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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When Florine and Fifi encounter each other in Toto's apartment, he introduces them respectively as his 'night nurse' and his 'day nurse' and Fifi threatens Florine with the line "I'll 'night nurse' you!" Joan Blondell, who plays Fifi, would go on to play a day nurse in the film Night Nurse (1931). Coincidentally, her co-star in Night Nurse is Frank Foy's (Toto) then wife, Barbara Stanwyck. See more »


On a map, Toto points out the locations of Cannes and Monte Carlo in the north or France on the coastline of the English Channel. Both cities are in the south of France on the Mediterranean coast. See more »


Dr. Louis Dumont: If you want to live, you must obey my orders implicitly.
Toto Duryea: Of course I will, Doctor. I want to follow your orders. You don't think I want my aorta to burst, do you? Give me orders. Give me a lot of orders. Enough to do me a long time.
Dr. Louis Dumont: First of all, you must avoid all excitement.
Toto Duryea: Yes sir.
Dr. Louis Dumont: You must stop drinking entirely.
Toto Duryea: Not even a glass of wine at dinner?
Dr. Louis Dumont: Not a drop. But, most important of all, you must give up your career as a great lover.
Toto Duryea: But, I have given up that career.
Dr. Louis Dumont: But, you must give up ...
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bedroom farce, strained to shreds
28 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this painfully drawn out bedroom farce, set in Paris, Frank Fay is miscast as the titular love object, a descendant of Don Juan, who is smitten with a young American in Paris (Laura LaPlante) but in order to win her must extricate himself from the tangled web of his long- term intrigues with a virtual harem of lovers (played by Joan Blondell, Margaret Livingston, a sadly underused Louise Brooks and others).

The set up is amusing and deftly staged by Michael Curtiz, but once the direction of the plot becomes clear it bogs down in long, boring and insultingly stupid gag sequences, one upon another, involving Fay's diagnosis with a potentially fatal illness; eventually the viewer can only long for this character's demise.

The fine lineup of female supporting players is wasted as are Charles Winninger as LaPlante's suspicious and protective father and Alan Mowbray as (what else?) the butler. Tyrrell Davis gets to wrap the whole thing up with a decadent chuckle, foreshadowing his even more unusual closing moment in "Our Betters" two years later.

Frank Fay's trademark casual banter works against him here because it only adds to the already sluggish pace.

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