When Clementi Suborin is found murdered, his secretary recounts to the police the story of his rise from Czech refugee to ultra-rich New Yorker. The tale of betrayal, womanising and fraud ... See full summary »
Yvonne De Carlo,
Zsa Zsa Gabor
It had been forty years since Richard, James and Theodore insulted The O'Monahan and he put a vexing blessing on them. All three have obtained their dreams of grandeur, but they all live in... See full summary »
The Crown Prince is to marry the Princess Brenda of Irania, but the Princess declines the arranged marriage. Relieved, Florizel heads for London, with the Colonel, where he seeks adventure ... See full summary »
J. Walter Ruben
Job or family? This perennial conflict portrayed in this drama about a draftsman, able to free himself from the job for a very overdue family vacation, who is threatened with the sack if he doesn't return to work mid-holiday.
Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his ... See full summary »
Snooty heiress decides to track down her dead sister's kids, who are living a Bohemian life with their uncle in Greenwich Village. Once she finds them, she discovers that the Bohemian life ... See full summary »
Walter Brennan appears approximately 25 minutes into the film as Zasu Pitts is singing dressed as an artist with "Whistler's Mother" in the background. As she finishes, Nat Pendleton applauds and the audience turns to stare at him. Brennan is on the right. See more »
T. Fenny Sylvester:
What the...? Gum! There's gum in the telephone. Gum in the lapels of me suits. I steps in it. I sits in it. I combs it out of me hair. The only place I don't find gum, you ain't been! Now, listen - I'm gettin' fed up. If you ain't exercisin' that pan of yours, yapping about a career, you're chewing gum! Now, get this straight - you ain't goin' on no stage! And if you get any more of that gum on me, so help me, I'll... What the...?
T. Fenny Sylvester:
. Go on! Scram out of here before I run a temperature. I ...
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Here is a splendid example of cinema from the late pre-Code era. As is true of most pre-Code films, the biggest star is the dialogue. Witness this exchange from the first scene:
**********Ruby (Gangster's girlfriend, Pert Kelton, dressed in evening gown): I've been sittin' around this apartment so long, the maid's beginnin' to dust me off in the mornin'. **********Fenny (Gangster, Nat Pendleton): There you go, always beefing. Look at you, crawlin' with diamonds, and not a bruise on you. And still you complains! **********Ruby (chewing gum): It's the solitude that gets me. (...she says as if she just learned that word yesterday) **********Fenny: I'm here, ain't I? **********Ruby: I still say it's solitude. **********Fenny: (double-take)
Ruby does sustain a few bruises before the end of the film. The writers could have written a drama about how badly gangsters treat their women; instead, they wove their social commentary into a comedy. There is a long lead-in to the refrain of "Your Mother," and when Zasu Pitts finally sings "Mother," her delivery is hilarious. All of the actors play for laughs, and the laughs are actually intentional. The script is witty and clever, the characters are interesting and well-developed, and there is a realism and sexuality which is absent from post-1934 films. Ruby convinces convinces Annie (Zasu Pitts) to take a bath in a bedroom scene which is racy even by today's standards. It was meant to be. The studios knew the curtain was about to reign down on their party, and they went for broke in late 1933 and early 1934. (If only there were an extant print of _Convention City_.) As is often true of films from so long ago, there are splendid examples of slang which have disappeared from the vernacular. To top it off, TCM's print is flawless. If it were generally known how great some of these films are, modern sitcoms would disappear due to low ratings. Sure, this is JUST a comedy, but a superb one from Hollywood's Golden Age.
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