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When the wealthy Wall Street businessman Chester Hamilton (Sidney
Blackmer) is arrested for missing the payment of due alimonies to his
ex-wife, he finds his butler Oswald Groggs (Charles Ruggles) in the
jail arrested for the same motive. Chester gives US$ 2,500.00 to Oswald
to pay his debts, but the butler gives only part of the money to his
ex-wife and travels to the seashore on vacation pretending to be the
wealthy "Sir" Oswald Groggs. The gold digger Phyllis Van Kamp a.k.a.
Fanny Malone (Verree Teasdale) mistakenly believes he is an aristocrat
British playboy and has a brief affair with him. Oswald falls in love
for her and pays her expensive hotel bill and buys a valuable ring
among other presents; after draining his money, Fanny leaves him.
Oswald returns to Chester's home and he has a surprise when he finds
that his boss has just married Fanny. He tells the truth to Chester and
together with his friends and his secretary Dorothy Blaine (Phyllis
Barry), they plot a scheme against Fanny to get a divorce.
In 2009, it is funny to see the moral values and clichés of 1933 in this dated but entertaining comedy. The well succeeded men are white; the servants are mostly black; the women are gold diggers or a fragile and naive secretary in love with her boss. The DVD released by Alpha Home Entertainment is not restored and has a bad quality of image and sound which associated to the absence of subtitles make difficult for a foreigner to understand part of the dialogs. My vote is six.
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"Goodby Love" is a cute little B-movie from Radio Pictures. It begins
with a businessman, Chester Hamilton, having problems paying his
alimony--and his ex-wife has him thrown into a VERY surreal jail. I
call it surreal because the place is full of men owning spousal support
and they have a grand old time! Soon, Hamilton's butler, Oswald
(Charlie Ruggles) is tossed into the place as well since he's having
trouble paying off his own ex-wife. Hamilton gives Oswald the money he
needs but Oswald is tricky---and gives his ex only enough to get her
off his back. With the rest, he goes on holiday--posing as a rich guy
to hook a rich wife. Unfortunately, the woman he falls for is also
posing as a rich lady. At first, she is ready to marry Oswald but when
Hamilton is released from prison, she chases him instead. When Oswald
and Hamilton find out about this, the movie gets rather strange....see
it to see what I mean.
This film is an amiable little comedy. As usual, Ruggles is enjoyable in this nice, slight role. My only complaint about the movie is that since it is a B-movie, it clocks in at only a tad over an hour. Having it be a bit longer would have made for a better film and allowed the plot to unfold slower and more deliberately. Still, it's a nice little time-passer.
By the way, Hamilton's first wife is played by Mayo Methot--a woman who was, for a while, married to Humphrey Bogart. Together, she and her hubby were nicknamed 'the battling Bogarts' because their relationship was so tumultuous.
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Charlie Ruggles is the whole show in this sophisticated "B" comedy about a butler who poses as his employer after getting money from him for his divorce settlement and going to a wealthy sea side resort. Gold digger Verree Teasdale sets her eyes on him leading to a wedding where everything comes to a head. It's nice to see that even the lives of the rich could be filmed on such a low budget, and this has a great cast to go with it. Ruggles is as droll as always, and Teasdale is a shear delight. Hattie McDaniel makes an early appearance as Teasdale's maid, while the brassy Mayo Methot is unforgettable. At just over an hour, this is a charming but predictable programmer that just falls short of being a memorable screwball comedy.
Like his boss, butler Charles "Charlie" Ruggles (as Oswald Groggs) is
jailed for missing alimony payments. "It's like paying for a dead
horse," he feels. Unfortunately for the delinquent men, ex-wives have
to eat in order to remain overweight and lazy for their lovers. After
washing floors, Mr. Ruggles is freed, by wealthy Sidney Blackmer (as
Chester Hamilton), who encourages his servant to take a vacation.
Ruggles checks into a resort hotel where, posing as a rich African game
hunter, he attracts a lot of feminine attention. Gold-digger Verree
Teasdale (as Fanny Malone) takes advantage of both men. Cheap and
offensive, at best.
** Good-Bye Love (11/10/33) H. Bruce Humberstone ~ Charles Ruggles, Verree Teasdale, Sidney Blackmer, Phyllis Barry
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