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We're Not Dressing (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 27 April 1934 (USA)
Yacht owner is stranded on island with her socialite friends, a wacky husband and wife research team, and a singing sailor.

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Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Cupido ao Leme  »

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A number "It's the Animal in Me" was filmed, but cut. See also The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935). See more »

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Right before the "Once in a Blue Moon" number, there is a long shot of Stephen holding Doris under the moon. His lips are moving in this brief shot as if he's singing to her, but there is no vocal on the soundtrack. See more »

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Stephen Jones: See, a little work won't hurt you... for once.
Hubert: Oh, I don't mind work now and then. But I don't want it to become a habit.
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El Capitan
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
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Songs and sparkle overcome set of this comedy musical romance
5 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bing Crosby was 30 years old, and Carole Lombard was 25 when this film came out. Crosby had been singing since high school, and at college, but never acted in the movies until sound came along. Even then, he did just shorts and uncredited parts in his first few films. It wasn't until 1932 that he got leads in four lesser comedies. "We're Not Dressing" was his fifth film with a leading role. It was his first paired with a top actress and up-and-coming leading star, Carole Lombard. Lombard had several years of acting behind her from the silent era. Before this film, she had appeared in dozens of films, including 18 leading roles. While she would become one of the finest comediennes in film, Lombard was a versatile actress who starred in everything from dramas and mystery-thrillers, to action-adventures and musicals.

This film is a good pairing of the two stars. I especially like the young Crosby who had an excellent singing voice. This is very early in his career, before Bing developed his more sophisticated persona, and his voice settled into its deep range. In this film, Crosby sings 10 songs that have a range of tempos and beats – and very good lyrics. I like the acting and directing, and Crosby's nuances in this film where the camera catches him frequently looking out of the side of his eye at Lombard. We can read his thoughts, "What is she up to now? Or, what's she going to do next?"

The plot is OK, if a little screwy, and it has some very odd touches, mostly for humor. For instance, the pet bear, and the appearance of George Burns and Gracie Allen for some funny exchanges. The rest of the cast add to the humor in this comedy musical romance. A young Ray Milland and another shyster trip around masquerading as princes from some forgotten European country. Ethel Merman and Leon Errol do well as a couple of clowns.

Some of the outdoor scenes were shot at Catalina Island off the coast of California. But, for the most part the movie was shot in Paramount studies. The sets for this film appear awfully amateurish, but for that time they were OK. And, watching this movie today, one can just imagine that we're watching it on stage with stage props. So, we don't need the real thing but can enjoy the songs and story as done.

The musical numbers are all very good, and I like the acting and interplay between Crosby's and Lombard's characters. I don't know where the title comes from, but "We're Not Dressing" is a fun and entertaining movie.


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