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Forsaking All Others (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  23 December 1934 (USA)
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Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.

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Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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23 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Ein Herz ist zu verschenken  »

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The screenplay was written for Loretta Young, George Brent and Joel McCrea, but later was given to Gable, Crawford, and Montgomery. See more »

Goofs

When Mary shows Jeff a picture of the three of them as kids, it's a photo of children with the three star's adult pictures obviously pasted on their bodies - Mary even has on lipstick. Though they did at least use a picture of Gable without a mustache. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor: I wish a man would marry me so I could wear a decent hat.
Shemp 'Shempy': that's the best reason for getting married I ever heard.
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In the opening credits the three stars of the film, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and Robert Montgomery are seen walking hand in hand. See more »

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Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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Row Row Row Your Boat
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Sung a cappella at various times by Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford and Charles Butterworth
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Familiar Ground
29 May 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I have to imagine that in order for MGM to justify using two of their top leading men with Joan Crawford, their parts in Forsaking All Others would have to have been built up considerably. The original Broadway production of this comedy that ran 110 performances in 1933 starred Tallulah Bankhead and it was strictly her show. As if it would have been any other way.

I have to give Joan Crawford credit on this one. Unlike her later film Susan and God where she tries to imitate Gertrude Lawrence with accent and all, she wisely does not try to do a Tallulah impersonation. She creates her own character here and it's a good one. She's got both Robert Montgomery and Clark Gable after her, but she chooses early on and in the end she finds out she chooses wrong. In fact the only impersonation Crawford does is one of her Grand Hotel co-star Greta Garbo.

Both Clark Gable and Robert Montgomery settle into familiar stereotypes for them. Gable is another reporter character like he is It Happened One Night and Montgomery is an irresponsible playboy like he was in a gazillion films.

Montgomery and Crawford are set to be married, but Montgomery leaves her at the altar and runs off with his demanding mistress Frances Drake. But Crawford has Gable's shoulder to cry on for most of the rest of the film. By the way, Drake gives a performance that's a case study in canine feminus. She makes Joan Collins in Dynasty look like Maria Von Trapp. Drake dominates in whatever scene she's in. No way that Tallulah Bankhead would have let that happen on stage.

Charles Butterworth and Billie Burke are also on hand and young Rosalind Russell on her way up has a small part as one of Crawford's friends. Nothing new in Forsaking All Others, but the ground is familiar enough.


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