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Pleasure Cruise (1933)

A stay-at-home husband and his businesswoman wife plan separate vacations, but he doesn't go fishing. He masquerades as a barber on her pleasure cruise.

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Shirley Poole
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Richard Orloff aka Taversham
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Mrs. Signus
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Henry
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A house husband (way before his time) stows away on the pleasure cruise he practically dares his successful businesswoman wife to go on. Going undercover as a barber, he subverts each flirtation she coyly entertains as she scratches her head about why each potential extra-marital suitor opts out. Meanwhile, he's being pursued by another woman who's looking for amusement and adventure in this pre-code movie that seems saucy, yet coy. Written by Curtis Robertson

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1 April 1933 (USA)  »

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Crociera di piacere  »

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Mrs. Poole says she's taking a Balkans cruise, which would imply Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, but it's mentioned that they are visiting the Norwegian fjords and she disembarks in Hamburg, Germany, a port on Elbe River and North Sea. She must have meant Baltic, not Balkans. See more »

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Alternate-language version of No dejes la puerta abierta (1933) See more »

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Is This a Souvenir?
Words and Music by Val Burton, Arthur Lange and Will Jason
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Good Movie, But Hoping for Better
4 May 2017 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

It is certainly possible that my mood was why I didn't find Pleasure Cruise as delightful as I had hoped, given leads of Roland Young and Genevieve Tobin, direction by the workhorse Frank Tuttle from a script by Guy Bolton. I suppose at least part of the trouble was Ralph Forbes as the "romantic threat". The studio era was full of good-looking men who acted as if they thought they looked like nothing special, and I'm sure that appealed to the women as well as easing things for the male audience. Forbes as an actor is so narcissistic as to be repellent. He's like Richard Gere or Brad Pitt without ability. No, more, he's like Robert Taylor or without the desire to be a good actor.

On the whole, though, I have to note that Guy Bolton's script was not as sparkling as could be wished, leering and suggesting but never actually delivering anything except for a few bright whoppers told by Young. Bolton had been doing this sort of script for at least fifteen years. Perhaps it was the lack of his usual collaborators (P.G. Wodehouse, with the Gershwins for musical interludes) that makes this an enjoyable but rote farce.


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