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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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Auguste, Toto's Butler
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Billy House ...
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Mons. Chaumier, an Irate Husband
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Basil, called 'Pompom' (as Tyrrell Davis)
Eleanor Gutöhrlein ...
Maybelle (as Sisters G)
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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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13 April 1931 (USA)  »

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The Devil Was Sick  »

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$220,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Auguste, Toto's Butler: There's a gentlemen downstairs to see you, monsieur.
Toto Duryea: Who is he?
Auguste, Toto's Butler: He says he's the husband of one of these ladies.
Florine: Is he fat?
Fifi: Is he bald?
Dagmar: Is he tall?
Auguste, Toto's Butler: Yes. He's crazy and he has a gun.
Toto Duryea: Show him in.
[Shot fired]
Auguste, Toto's Butler: He's in.
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Look fast for Louise Brooks
2 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"God's Gift to Women" is nowhere near a star turn for Louise Brooks. The movie belongs to Frank Fay, who was a popular Broadway star of light comedies at the time, and the first husband of Barbara Stanwyck. Casting the effeminate Fay as a Casanova was a stretch, but his delivery is quite funny in places. The plot line is pretty predictable stuff, but there's a sweet little twist in the final scenes.

Laura La Plante, a tall, rangy Missouri beauty, has the female lead. She successfully made the transfer from silents to talkies. La Plante is charming, and she is photographed to best advantage.

Tenth billing. This is what Hollywood did with Louise Brooks in the early 30s, even after she had made "Pandora's Box" and "Diary of a Lost Girl," the two German films which assured her immortality. But very few Americans had seen those movies at all in 1931, and those who had saw only heavily censored versions.

Very little has changed in Hollywood in the past nearly 80 years. Consider Adrien Brody, whose Oscar netted him Diet Coke commercials, and Halle Berry, whose Golden Boy landed her roles in screen gems such as "Gothika" and "Catwoman." Hollywood punished Louise Brooks for being an independent thinker. Yet she makes the most of her 4-5 minutes' screen time in "God's Gift to Women." As always, you simply can't take your eyes off her.


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