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31 July 1932 (USA) See more »
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Janet Gaynor ... Grace Livingston

Charles Farrell ... Tommy Tucker
Minna Gombell ... Mrs. Barstow
Dudley Digges ... Dr. Anderson
Leila Bennett ... Hattie
Robert McWade ... Fred Livingston
George Meeker ... Dick Loring
Maude Eburne ... Emily Livingston
Henry Kolker ... Peter Barstow
Elda Voelkel ... Helen (as Edna Volkel)

Directed by
William K. Howard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Craven  play
Lynn Starling 

Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr 
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
Costume Design by
David Cox 
Sound Department
Albert Protzman .... sound
Music Department
George Lipschultz .... musical director

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone)

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A different Gaynor, 8 December 2006
Author: jdeamara from NY, USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Janet Gaynor goes against type in this one, playing an unsympathetic character who's completely self-absorbed. Her character has the hots for another man, but for some reason still ends up marrying Charles Farrell. She then spends the rest of the movie nudging and nagging him to get rich so she can live her dream of traveling the world, and when he seems to fail, doubts and undercuts him.

The crux of the film is a sequence involving preparation for a dinner for Farrell's business associate and then the dinner itself. The film is based on a stage play of which presumably this was the main act. During it, Farrell & Gaynor's characters squabble amongst themselves, whining and complaining about everything, giving a most unglamorous impression of what it's like to be married after the first year, when the honeymoon's over. Also appearing in this scene is the fun Minna Gombell as the wise-cracking wife of Farrell's business associate. The scene also features a white actress in black-face portraying a slow maid, Leila Bennett, who was Loretta Young's friend in the Cagney vehicle "Taxi!" (1932).

A different type of role for Gaynor, and the squabbling, unsympathetic portrait of a year old marriage, make this an interesting movie. The only thing missing is a comeuppance for Gaynor's character; despite being a bitch, she still gets to live happily ever after!

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