Bea Pullman and her daughter Jessie have had a hard time making ends meet since Bea's husband died. Help comes in the form of Delilah Johnson, who agrees to work as Bea's housekeeper in ... See full summary »
Mississippi belle Isabelle and her hard-headed, quick-tempered Jersey fiancé Henry arrive at an Italian speakeasy in New York. They meet an amiable retired judge there, but Henry's back is up immediately anyway. Henry leaves as his car is parked illegally. Isabelle likes the opera, and it happens that her favourite singer, Di Ruvo, is a bar patron that evening. "Gus", as he prefers to be known, is very charming. Henry returns to find the pair dancing. A row ensues; Henry leaves. Isabelle accepts Gus's offer to retire to his apartment even though he warns her his intentions are "strictly dishonourable". But Henry has told Officer Mulligan that Isabelle has been "kidnapped by villains"... Written by
The play opened in New York City, New York, USA at the Avon Theater on 18 September 1929 and ran for 557 performances. William Ricciardi originated his role in the play, and Louis Jean Heydt was also in the cast. See more »
It's a real treat to watch Lewis Stone, who made a career out of playing fine upstanding men, play a drunken judge. He has the lion's share of very funny lines and takes. Sidney Fox is quite good, although I had a hard time understanding her lines from time to time. But overlooking everything a surprisingly memorable performance from Paul Lukas is turned in here. Lukas was playing against type here as a genial cultured gentleman who finally meets his match with women as he falls hopelessly in love with Sidney Fox. Is it love or is it lust? He does a great turn as a man whose old world charm, courtliness, and politeness collides with his sexual desire. He makes the most out of his part and is genuinely funny. For a man who played heavies and Nazi officers most of his career he must have really enjoyed this stretch.
The humor in this film holds up surprisingly well to this day. It was made at a time when sound technology was still finding it's way, I found myself laughing out loud. Wonderful writing by Preston Sturges!
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