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Cocktail Hour (1933)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  5 June 1933 (USA)
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Cynthia Warren, independently wealthy through her ability as an illustrator and poster artist, rebels against the premise that every woman is destined for matrimony and motherhood, and ... See full summary »

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Randolph Morgan
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William Lawton
Muriel Kirkland ...
Olga Raimoff aka Tessie Burns
Jessie Ralph ...
Princess de Longville
Barry Norton ...
Prince Philippe de Longville
George Nardelli ...
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Marjorie Gateson ...
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Cynthia Warren, independently wealthy through her ability as an illustrator and poster artist, rebels against the premise that every woman is destined for matrimony and motherhood, and decides she has as much right as a man to play around sans benefit of marriage. So, leaving behind steady-but-dull Randolph Morgan (who seems to be the primary buyer of her 'art' and income,) she heads for Paris. The New York harbor is barely out of sight before she falls into the arms of a slick from England,William Lawton, who turns out to be something of a rotter who already has a wife, and Cynthia's liberal creed only stretches so far. In Paris, she hooks up with a Prince, who is a prince of a fellow and never strays far from his mother's side, but Lawton shows up again and makes some unwanted advances and the Prince comes to her aid, and Lawton ends up apparently somewhat dead when the Prince tosses him out a window, but Cynthia takes the rap as she feels it wouldn't be nice to separate a boy from ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HERE'S HOW: 1 bewitching girl - 3 lovelorn men - 1/4 gaiety - 1/2 romance - 1/4 remorse...Add a dash of music and moonlight. Sweeten with lover's lies - then add a dash of bitters, and decorate with colorful gowns in season - that's THE COCKTAIL HOUR (original ad) See more »

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Listen Heart of Mine
By Victor Schertzinger
Sung Bebe Daniels
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Columbia Showing A Little Style
20 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MINOR SPOILER ALERT.

Saw this at a Library of Congress screening in the Spring of 2003; it was a pleasing, if minor, Depression-era diversion. By this I mean it was (and is) a perfect way for any put-upon person to lose 73 minutes. "Cocktail Hour" has almost no edgy, precode vibes, a la Warner Bros. Instead there're attractive well-dressed people in chic apartments (better art direction then I expected from Columbia) doing moderately interesting, but non-taxing things, and a shipboard romance capped by Bebe Daniels warbling a cute song. Randolph Scott had just come from doing a batch of memorable Paramount B-Westerns. This was one of his only loan-outs during this period, and the chemistry between the two leads is just fine.

Melodrama intrudes into "Cocktail Hour" once the cast reaches Paris, including a threatening character getting shoved through a window, but rather then jar this works to keep things lively. Budgetary constraints mean no exteriors, either in the early "Manhattan" sequences or in "Paris"—you have to use your imagination—but it's OK; whatever you do see is slick enough to get by. Being a second tier studio, Columbia couldn't or wouldn't bring a first-rate supporting cast together for every production, and as a result "Cocktail Hour" had to settle for, along with a lot of other people I didn't recognize, the obscure Muriel Kirkland as an amusing fake countess (Dennis O'Keefe was listed in the IMDb credits doing a bit, but I didn't notice him). All in all, good escapism.


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