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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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Charles Winninger ...
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Auguste, Toto's Butler
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Billy House ...
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John T. Murray ...
Mons. Chaumier, an Irate Husband
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Armand Kaliz ...
Charles Judels ...
Tyrell Davis ...
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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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 »

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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

Fifi: There, now be quiet, dear and I'll be back in a jiffy.
Toto Duryea: Be back in a what?
Fifi: In a jiffy!
Toto Duryea: She's coming back in a jiffy, oh...
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Joan Blondell and Louise Brooks sprinkled in a pre-Code Michael Curtiz comedy?
14 November 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

I thought this film was much better than its IMDb rating (4.9/10 at the time). It's an obscure early talkie, but it's mildly amusing and, at only 72 minutes, no great waste of time.

For movie buffs, the draw of this film is its cast and crew. It's one of Joan Blondell's early films and it's a rare opportunity to see iconic silent screen star Louise Brooks in a talkie. It's also one of the few films of popular vaudeville comedian Frank Fay. Familiar character actors like Alan Mowbray and Charles Winninger have supporting roles, and the whole thing is directed by the great Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA).

GOD'S GIFT TO WOMEN (1931) is a comedy about romance. Frank Fay plays a modern-day Don Juan, a notorious Parisian playboy and ladies' man who is smitten with an American tourist. His high-living social crowd and various paramours complicate his efforts to win over the girl (and her father) and become a one-woman man. His situation gets tougher when he is diagnosed with an aneurysm that threatens his life if he is overly excited (i.e., "no more girls"). Would he go for that last kiss if he knew it would mean instant death?

Frank Fay gives a solid comedic performance, with his sort of off-the-cuff wit. He nimbly toes the line of pre-Code profanity, several times saying "Go to --" before abruptly switching gears. He's particularly funny once he learns he's a dying man. There's a fun scene where he quibbles with an undertaker about his funeral arrangements.

Laura La Plante is a nice-looking girl, but she just doesn't have "it" and she makes for a rather dull leading lady. Luckily she disappears for much of the second half of the film, allowing Curtiz to showcase Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, and Yola d'Avril buzzing around Fay's bedroom in various states of dress (as they all come to nurse Fay back to health).

Joan Blondell is a favorite of mine and she sparkles in her secondary role, jumping on top of Frank Fay (who must avoid women, lest his aorta burst) when she finds him an uncooperative patient. Louise Brooks's name is almost lost in the middle of the cast list and she doesn't have a very big part, but she makes an impression in that bedroom farce scene with her alluring attire and screen presence.


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