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Design for Living (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 29 December 1933 (USA)
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

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Two Americans sharing a flat in Paris, playwright Tom Chambers and painter George Curtis, fall for free-spirited Gilda Farrell. When she can't make up her mind which one of them she prefers, she proposes a "gentleman's agreement": She will move in with them as a friend and critic of their work, but they will never have sex. But when Tom goes to London to supervise a production of one of his plays, leaving Gilda alone with George, how long will their gentleman's agreement last? Written by Capel Cleggs <capelcleggs@my-deja.com>

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Gary Cooper spoke fluent French and was able to use it for the first time in this film. See more »

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Shadow of boom mic visible at train station. See more »

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Max Plunkett: Gilda, I've been your friend for five years.
Gilda Farrell: And I want you to remain my friend for the next fifty years. So please shut up.
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Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64
(1844) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Sexy Pre-Code Hollywood Movie
2 May 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While traveling through France, the playwright Thomas B. 'Tom' Chambers (Fredric March) and his best friend, the painter George Curtis (Gary Cooper) meet Gilda Farrell (Miriam Hopkins) and they fall in love with her. Gilda is "protected" by the wealthy Max Plunkett (Edward Everett Horton) and Tom and George are losers, but she cannot decide between them who could be her boyfriend. So she proposes a gentleman's agreement where they would be friends without having sex. She decides to criticize their works and they become successful. But will their platonic relationship work?

"Design for Living" is a movie with a female character ahead of time. Actually the sexy story is a Pre-Code Hollywood that became effective 01 July 1934. The plot has sexual freedom, adultery and even a possible threesome but is naive in the present days. There are many funny situations and this movie is a delightful entertaining. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil) "Sócios no Amor" ("Partners in Love")


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