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Writers:
Noël 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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Torn between two lovers See more (38 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)
Estelle Etterre ... Woman in audience (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)

Colin Kenny ... Theatre Patron (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
Noël Coward (play) (as Noel Coward)

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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91 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Germany:0 | Portugal:M/12 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. This was first released to DVD 31 May 2005 as one of 4 titles in Universal's Gary Cooper Franchise Collection and again 6 December 2011 as part of the Criterion Collection; since that time it has also enjoyed occasional airings on Turner Classic Movies.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow visible on window frame as Gilda sets the table.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Chambers:May I refer you to a letter, sent to you from London, in a similar crisis?
George Curtis:You're a very high class...
Tom Chambers:I could have enclosed some smallpox germs, easily.
George Curtis:But you didn't. Very considerate. Let's drink to that...
[proposing a toast]
George Curtis:To smallpox germs.
Tom Chambers:In Latin, variola caca.
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Soundtrack:
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64See more »

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40 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Torn between two lovers, 18 November 2004
Author: reelguy2 from Boulder, Colorado

Miriam Hopkins finds herself in love with both Gary Cooper and Fredric March (who can blame her?), so she does what any sensible Pre-Code woman would do: she decides to live with both of them!

It's a tribute to movie audiences of the early 1930s that a sophisticated comedy like Design for Living could a.) Get produced, and b.) Be a success at the box office. The dumbing down of current films means that the delicious innuendo in Design for Living would go over the head of most of today's audience.

The key to the Lubitsch Touch was in the perfect timing of physical gestures and the delivery of the lines. Trouble in Paradise and Design for Living were the best in this respect. Personally, I prefer the lack of music in Design for Living. I think it dates the film less than Lubitsch's other efforts.

I don't mind that Ben Hecht wrote most of the film's dialog rather than Noel Coward, who wrote the original play. All I know is that the dialog is very very funny and quite naughty, making this the ultimate Pre-Code film.

Miriam Hopkins could do no wrong in a Lubitsch film, and her work here is brilliant. She's intelligent and uncompromisingly honest. Her leading men, Gary Cooper and Fredric March, are both sexy and hilarious. Gary Cooper is a particular revelation, displaying a flair for comedy that is quite unexpected. As Cooper's friend and rival for the affection of Hopkins, March is also very funny, which comes as no surprise after his brilliant parody of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway (1930).

Prepare to laugh yourself silly during what may be the funniest film ever made.

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