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When Ladies Meet (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 23 June 1933 (USA)
Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »

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Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without telling Mary who she is. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Rachel Crothers's play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 6 October 1932 and closed 4 March 1933 after 173 performances. The opening night cast included Walter Abel as Jimmie, Spring Byington as Bridget, Frieda Inescort as Mary, Herbert Rawlinson as Rogers and Selena Royle as Clare. See more »

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In the garden at Bridget's home, Mary is next to a small statuette that holds a wreath and stands on a simple pedestal. In the next scene, the statuette's relationship to Mary has changed, the wreath is missing, and the pedestal more complex. In the third scene, the statuette has reverted to that in the first scene. See more »

Quotes

Mary Howard: But who wants a husband nobody else wants?
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Soundtracks

I Love But Thee (Jeg elsker Dig!)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
Lyrics by Hans Christian Andersen
English Lyricist unknown
Sung in English by Myrna Loy and Ann Harding with Harding at piano
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Excellent adaptation of Crothers' intelligent, witty play.

This is one of the most sophisticated scripts Hollywood ever produced. Adapted from Rachel Crothers' play, it was filmed twice and although the script is hardly varied from in either version, it is the original that has the bite, the edge. The glossy remake does have some excellent casting with Joan Crawford and Greer Garson as the rivals with Garson coming off best, but the original has more polish, more depth and has to its credit a superb performance by Ann Harding, who should have earned an Oscar nom for this outing. Ditto Alice Brady's supporting performance as the flighty society matron, Bridget, but the category wasn't invented in 1933. Along with this duo, the screenplay adaption deserved a third Oscar nom. The film had to make do with a single one - for Art Direction (oddly, so did the remake), which was deserved in both cases. The extremely stylish interiors of Connecticut country houses (thanks to Cedric Gibbons) charmed in both versions. The plot is an interesting quartet. Young man can't get to first base with girlfriend because she, a writer, is infatuated with her publisher. She is sure that his wife will give him up if she is able to state her case. Rather than put it to the test, she writes a novel about her real life plot. Her cast off boyfriend arranges for the wife and the author to meet, neither one aware that they share the same man. The dialogue is both witty and cogent, exploring the depths of both infatuation and marriage. Kudos though to Harding - one of our most unsung and finest actresses.


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