Crackerjack lawyer George Simon is a workaholic, and a successful one, at that. Having just gotten a woman acquited of a murder charge, he is juggling cases ranging from breaking a will to quashing the disorderly conduct charges against the son of a woman he knew in the old neighborhood, before he became a hot shot counsellor. He adores his wife Cora, who feels she married a bit below her station. His step-children think so, too. His secretary Rexy adores him, although he is oblivious to the fact. Threatened with losing his practice due to a discretion in a case seven years earlier, his wife leaves for Europe until the scandal blows over, and he comes to realize (just in time) who his true friends are. Written by
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Although this film is frank about some matters, the Production Code of the Hays Office - i.e., censorship - was still in effect. In one 16mm print there is a curious moment of dead air at the end of Lillian Larue's parting speech to George Simon. She says (approximately), "Well, for God's sake, what do they expect for fifteen thousand dollars?" John Barrymore keeps looking at Larue (Thelma Todd as if she is still speaking, and she must be, but there is no sound. Her last words in the text of the play are, "A virgin?" See more »
Here is an example why many of the pictures of the early 30s stand out as great entertainment even in the 21st century.
In the newly opened Deco masterpiece, the Empire State Building, unfolds a story loaded with charm, attitude, and wise-cracking dialogue. John Barrymore was never better in a role! Director William Wyler draws the best from the supporting cast, too. Rare example of great comedy and drama that still works almost 70 years later.
Don't miss it--let's hope Universal and Kino Video release more of their library of 30s films--they stand the test of time with classic film fans!
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