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Director:
Writers:
David Boehm (screen play)
Edith Fitzgerald (story)
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Release Date:
15 May 1933 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
So frank . . so outspoken... so true... See more »
Plot:
Although free spirit Helen Bauer does not believe in marriage, she consents to marry Don, but his infidelities cause her to also take on a lover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An overlooked gem See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Helen Bauer
Gene Raymond ... Don Peterson
Frank McHugh ... Hugo Van Hugh
Monroe Owsley ... Nick Malvyn
Claire Dodd ... Iris Van Hugh
Kay Strozzi ... Peggy Smith
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Mr. Herbert Smith
Alphonse Ethier ... Mr. Adolphe Bauer - Helen's Father
Bodil Rosing ... Mrs. Bauer - Helen's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Beranger ... Dinner Guest / Pianist (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... Man Flirting With Iris (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Butler (uncredited)
Gay Seabrook ... Miss Seymour - Don's Secretary (uncredited)
Billy West ... Panhandler (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ynez ... Cuban Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Boehm  screen play
Edith Fitzgerald  story
Robert Riskin  story

Produced by
Lucien Hubbard .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio 
 
Film Editing by
Harold McLernon 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Fryer .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor
 
Other crew
Stanley Logan .... dialogue director
 
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67 min
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Edith Fitzgerald's and Robert Riskin's story was actually an unproduced play copyrighted 1 July 1930.See more »
Quotes:
Don Peterson:Move over, sweetheart, your husband is home to stay.See more »
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
An overlooked gem, 7 April 2005
Author: fred3f from United States

I saw this film expecting an early Bette Davis effort of somewhat questionable value. Instead I found a highly entertaining film which made an artistic mark. The acting by Davis is, of course, always worth watching, but what really set this film apart was the script and the mise-en-scene.

The script, while not a masterpiece, is considerably above the norm. It is witty, and understanding of the desires, pride and foolishness of young, intelligent people in love. Bette plays it superbly with a slightly bored, worldly-wise exterior, and a passionate but somehow innocent interior. She is the focus of the film, the other actors being mainly satellites around her. They do a competent job, but the show is all hers.

The Deco sets were designed by someone with an obvious artistic talent and a flare for that style. Just looking at the sets and the costumes is worth the price of seeing the film. What is a real surprise is that the director used Bette as a kind of art object. The way she would pose and slouch, the style and color of her hair, the way she would hold her cigarette, her glass, the way she would arrange her body, and her expression so completely complement these lavish sets as to be a art display in themselves. This movie would be entertaining if you turned off the sound track and just watched the visuals - it is that good.

I am completely unfamiliar with the director, Robert Florey. In looking over the names of his films, none stand out for me as films of importance. Apparently he was awarded a French medal for his contributions to Cinema. If this film is any indication, and if he is truly responsible for the artistic elements in this film, then he is a very overlooked and important director.

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