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10 June 1932 (USA) See more »
In her innocence she expected days and nights of tender love. What she got was a Bitter Shock!
A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sylvia Sidney ... Joan Prentice

Fredric March ... Jerry Corbett
Adrianne Allen ... Claire Hempstead

Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Buck (as Skeets Gallagher)

George Irving ... Mr. Prentice
Esther Howard ... Vi
Florence Britton ... Charlcie
Charles Coleman ... Richard Damery

Cary Grant ... Charlie Baxter / 'DeBrion' in play

Kent Taylor ... Gregory 'Greg' Boleslavsky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrienne Ames ... Minor Role (unconfirmed)
Ernie Adams ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... June (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Prentice's Butler (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Fred - Bartender (uncredited)
Milla Davenport ... Prentice's Housekeeper (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Minister (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Friend (uncredited)

Bill Elliott ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Baritone Bartender (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Powder Room Attendant (uncredited)
LeRoy Mason ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Jake Symonds (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Wedding Usher (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Wedding Spectator (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Friend (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Gordon Westcott ... Party Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Dorothy Arzner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cleo Lucas  novel "I Jerry Take Thee, Joan"
Edwin Justus Mayer 

Original Music by
Rudolph G. Kopp (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Abel 
Film Editing by
Jane Loring (uncredited)
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Egli .... casting assistant (uncredited)

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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Claire Hempstead:Dear, why are you treating me with this devotion?
Jerry Corbett:Devotion?
Claire Hempstead:Well, about as much devotion as I'd show to a boa constrictor. Is it because I treated you badly once?
Jerry Corbett:I didn't think you knew that you had.
Claire Hempstead:I was young and egotistical, Jerry.
Jerry Corbett:Well, what are you now?
Claire Hempstead:Young and egotistical.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Drink Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class, 7 October 2010
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

Once you get past the appalling title, this is a good picture. It's a Pre-Code film and must have been naughty in its day, but is tame by today's standards. It involves a fairly routine love story pulled out of the doldrums by Director Dorothy Arzner and by exceptional acting performances by the two principals, Frederic March and Sylvia Sidney. Poor Sylvia suffered through countless 30's tearjerkers and she is once again miserable here as the put-upon wife of drunken writer March. Was never a fan of Sylvia's, particularly as she became desiccated and more pathetic in later years, but she never looked lovelier and more appealing than in this movie. Skeets Gallagher plays March's drinking buddy and adds immeasurable stature to the film. He remains one of Hollywood's most shamefully underutilized and overlooked talents.

Was surprised to learn that a strain of Womens Lib flourished in the early 30's, as our heroine declares her independence (more or less) from her inebriated husband and, in addition, her wedding vow did not include the words "honor and obey", which I thought were de rigeur until mid-century. This last may have been a directorial touch of a feminist director.

This is an underrated, under-appreciated movie, especially if you enjoy solid acting and are a sucker for a pretty face, to borrow a phrase.

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