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14 April 1933 (USA) See more »
During WWI, two officers, one a pilot and the other in the navy, compete for the same beautiful young woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Diana

Gary Cooper ... Bogard

Robert Young ... Claude

Franchot Tone ... Ronnie

Roscoe Karns ... McGinnis
Louise Closser Hale ... Applegate
Rollo Lloyd ... Major

Hilda Vaughn ... Eleanor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene O'Brien
Ernie Alexander ... Alexander, a Pilot (uncredited)

Jimmy Aubrey ... Pier Office Sailor (uncredited)

Glen Cavender ... Ammunition Factory Clerk (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Realtor (uncredited)

Murray Kinnell ... Padre (uncredited)

Eily Malyon ... Wendy, the Maid (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... MP Corporal (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Moore, a Pilot (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Moorhouse, a Pilot (uncredited)

David Newell ... Man in Canteen (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Rondell, a Pilot (uncredited)

C. Montague Shaw ... Ambulance Corps Commanding Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
Richard Rosson (co-director)
Writing credits
William Faulkner (story "Turn About")

Edith Fitzgerald (screenplay) and
Dwight Taylor (screenplay)

William Faulkner (dialogue)

Ann Cunningham  uncredited
Howard Hawks  uncredited

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Casting by
Ben Piazza (uncredited)
Paul Wilkins (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel B. Clark .... additional photography (uncredited)
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Tanner .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Frank Rinaldi .... casting assistant
Leonard Murphy .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: title music (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

The preview running time was 135 minutes, indicating much was cut before its release.See more »
Continuity: During the motor torpedo boat attack sequences, in close-up (studio) shots there are flags flying from the mast. In long shots, the flags are missing.See more »
Applegate:I never thought I'd live to see the day. There I was and the queen not two feet away. No further than from there to here and talking to me just like I was a sister. I never thought I'd live to see the day.See more »
Movie Connections:
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Talky melodrama of love triangle during World War I..., 8 December 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Despite some very glossy MGM B&W photography, as shown in the good print of this film aired by TCM, and some attractive sets and very Adrian-created costumes for JOAN CRAWFORD, TODAY WE LIVE is a film as generic as its title. It's hard to distinguish from any other triangle romance except that the war background gives it added interest.

The script is a strange affair. It's hard to believe that JOAN CRAWFORD and GARY COOPER would openly declare their deep love for each other after exchanging a few glances across a cup of tea. In the very next scene they're hopelessly in love, with Crawford feeling guilt because she's the fiancé of ROBERT YOUNG.

Young's brother is the carefree FRANCHOT TONE (who walks off with the earlier scenes in the film), while ROBERT YOUNG gets his chance to do a fair share of emoting later in the film as his role expands. It's nice seeing these well-known actors at an early stage in their budding careers and still in their prime.

For GARY COOPER fans this is nothing special, but Crawford's admirers will find that she was at the height of her photogenic, sculptured beauty despite some odd dress designs by Adrian that don't suggest anything but the studio's line of glamor during the early '30s. She wears a boldly designed dress with a strange wing collar that has to be seen to be believed. It's hilarious! And that's just so she can pour tea with some dignity.

The actors all speak in clipped lines. "Good girl," says Franchot Tone on several occasions, trying to sound like Colonel Blimp, I suppose. And the others too adopt a strange way of clipping phrases so they sound more British. Very funny.

It goes into darker territory in the later war scenes and there director Howard Hawks seems more at home. But for a film in which the Joan Crawford character was added as a last minute script change, she certainly gets her fair share of footage and dominates the first forty-five minutes. But the love angle is certainly a strange one. She treats Cooper with rude indifference several times during their first meeting although his behavior is that of the perfect gentleman. Shortly thereafter, she confesses she's in love with him. That's the movies for you.

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