Commercial artist Helen Bauer believes marriage kills romance. She lives with advertising writer Don Peterson. He convinces her to marry him. He later carries on with client Peggy Smith; Helen takes up with Don's competitor Nick Malvyn. In the end, the couple agree to give marriage another chance. Written by
Ed Stephan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While most of the reviews are pretty positive for this film, I wasn't so impressed by it and it left me awfully confused. That's because this movie seemed to strongly support open marriage and living together--real taboos for the 1930s and its obvious this was made just as the Hays Code was about to be enforced. Such a film NEVER could have been made just a few years later.
I was confused also because frankly I didn't find the relationship between Bette Davis and Franchot Tone very romantic. Yes, I am a very traditional person and I just didn't buy their contention that marriage was a sham. But, this DOES make the film a bit of a curiosity.
Overall, this film isn't one of Davis' best. She made some marvelous films in the 1930s and a lot of really mediocre and lousy ones as well--so variable in quality that Ms. Davis tried to break her contract with Warner Brothers. This would seem to be such a mediocre film.
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