Sophisticated comedy: a trio of money hungry women who all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Each woman represents a different ... See full summary »
A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails.
Edward Everett Horton,
Laura La Plante
I don't know anything about elocution.
You don't know anything about anything, George, and if what they say about the movies is true, you'll go far.
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The opening credits are followed by a written message from producer Carl Laemmle saying critics had questioned whether he would use the material that "so mercilessly and so hilariously poked fun at Hollywood and its motion picture people." But, he says, laughter is needed "in times like these." See more »
There ought to be a movement to bring this one back from the dead. This is a film for which the term "revival" seems to have been invented. No matter a certain staginess -- its humor and topicality, not to mention its place in history as the first collaboration between George S Kaufman and Moss Hart, make it a "must see." It's not only connected to other early Thirties films like What Price Hollywood, but also to the much adulated Singin' In the Rain. If the latter is a Fifties musical displaying the well-scrubbed brightness of that era's sensibilities, then Once In A Lifetime is its counterpoint, betraying a Depression-era, acerbic grasp of the absurdity of the movie business and of "human business" in general. It ought to be on a double bill with Harlow's Bombshell -- another clever and entertaining early 1930s view of Hollywood and the "geniuses" who ran it.
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