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Director:
Writers:
Noel Coward (play)
Ben Hecht (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 December 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Delicacy is the banana peel under the feet of truth. See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fredric March ... Thomas B. 'Tom' Chambers

Gary Cooper ... George Curtis

Miriam Hopkins ... Gilda Farrell

Edward Everett Horton ... Max Plunkett

Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Douglas, Theatrical Producer

Isabel Jewell ... Plunkett's Stenographer

Jane Darwell ... Curtis' Housekeeper
Wyndham Standing ... Max's Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cosmo Kyrle Bellew ... Man (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Thomas Braidon ... Douglas' Second Manager (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Tom's Secretary (uncredited)
Emile Chautard ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Mathilde Comont ... Heavy Woman (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Cafe Proprietress (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Fat Man with Ring (uncredited)
Harry Dunkinson ... Mr. Egelbauer (uncredited)
Helena Phillips Evans ... Mrs. Egelbauer (uncredited)
Charles K. French ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Theatre Chambermaid (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Woman on Staircase (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Englishman at Train (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... Mr. Burton (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
George Savidan ... Boy (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Bed Salesman (uncredited)

Vernon Steele ... Douglas' First Manager (uncredited)
Mrs. Treboal ... Gilda's Landlady (uncredited)
Barry Winton ... Man (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Noel Coward (play)

Ben Hecht (screenplay)

Samuel Hoffenstein  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
 
Film Editing by
Frances Marsh (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Hippard .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
M.M. Paggi .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Roe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nat W. Finston .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gottfried Reinhardt .... assistant to mr. lubitsch (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Portugal:M/12 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The preview time for the film was 105 minutes, so that 14 minutes were cut before the film's release. This may account for scenes with Helena Phillips Evans (Mrs. Egelbauer) and Armand Kaliz (Mr. Burton) being cut from the final release print.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow visible on window frame as Gilda sets the table.See more »
Quotes:
Gilda Farrell:You see, George, you're sort of like a ragged straw hat with a very soft lining. A little bit out of shape, very dashing to look at, and very comfortable to wear. And you, Tom, piquant, perched over one eye, and has to be watched on windy days. And both so becoming.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Star Spangled BannerSee more »

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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Delicacy is the banana peel under the feet of truth., 9 September 2002

This was one of the movies I was so sure was going to be stupid and annoying but it turned out to be such fine comedy I've already watched it three times in the past week or two. So many good lines. Tom writes a play called Goodnight Bassington - a comedy in about three acts with a tragic ending. George paints Lady Godiva on a bicycle, despite the fact that a bicycle seat IS a little hard on her historical background. Gilda says that she went to see the above-mentioned painting of Lady Godiva with a friend. "She loved it. We haven't spoken since," Gilda tells George, who begins to pout. He does a fair amount of pouting throughout the film.

Eaglebauer also makes for some fine humour in some scenes near the end, but we never get to see the man. We only hear him bellowing out a joyous song about "falling leaves and fading trees! Goodbye, summer, goodbye!"

But besides all that this really wacky movie is a delight and I sure wish they'd re-release it because it's so good.

So. There's only one thing I have to say to you. Immorality may be fun, but it's not fun enough to replace one hundred per cent virtue and three square meals a day.

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