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Bed of Roses (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  14 July 1933 (USA)
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Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose ... See full summary »


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Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose between living on a barge with her love, risking his learning about her past, and remaining the mistress of wealthy Stephen Paige. Written by Robert Tonsing <>

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The girl who took a shortcut down the primrose path!


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14 July 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lecho de rosas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Same theme music is used in The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949). See more »


[to prison official during release from prison]
Lorry Evans: This is a very nice institution you have here Miss Muncie, but you do cater to a rather low class.
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Can't Yo' Heah Me Callin' Caroline?
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Caro Roma
Lyric by William H. Gardner
Sung offscreen by the crew on Dan's barge
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Mardi Gras
30 August 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Gregory LaCava, shows he is a very inspired director with "Bed of Roses" a film that dealt frankly with things that were to be forgotten when the Hays Code was finally enforced in 1934. This was a different Hollywood, one that took chances in presenting things the way they were, and without being hypocritical about them.

This was obvious a vehicle for Constance Bennett, the beautiful actress. She plays Lorry Evans, who has just been released from jail. Together with her partner, Minnie Brown, they hit New Orleans in search for a meal ticket, preferably a rich man to keep them in style.

Lorry finds such a man in Steve Paige, who is more than generous, but he demands something that the beautiful Lorrie doesn't feel for him, love! She meets hunky Dan Walters, and it's love at first sight, or so it seems. The only problem is that Dan is a poor man who can't give Lorrie what she has been used to.

As far as the melodrama goes, it's pretty conventional. What made an impression on this viewer was the frankness in which the subject matter is presented. Constance Bennett and Joel McCrea are perfect together. Both of them were attractive and young, in contrast with "sugar daddy" John Halliday, who keeps reminding Lorrie about her new acquired tastes. Pert Kelton, is seen as Minnie in a fantastic performance.

This was a film produced in Hollywood before the Code and it shows.

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