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God's Gift to Women (1931)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 13 April 1931 (USA)
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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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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The Devil Was Sick  »

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$220,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Toto Duryea: Ah, Bonjour, Monsieur. This is in deed a pleasure to have you here in my home.
John Churchill: Now, look here, young man. I want you to stop molesting my daughter.
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bedroom farce, strained to shreds
28 May 2015 | by 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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