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Everyweek Newsmagazine editor Richard Kurt pursues psuedo-portait artist Marion Forsythe on her arrival from Europe after painting (and possibly being involved with) notables all over the continent. He convinces her to write her biography as a feature for his magazine. An old "beau" of hers also looks her up in New York; he is running for U.S. Senator from their home state, and is engaged to an influential publisher's daughter. He is fearful that Marion's tales could embarass him, so he tries to persuade her and Kurt to abandon the idea. Written by
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Robert Montgomery is helping a free-thinking artist, played by Ann Harding, write "Biography of a Bachelor Girl," a 1935 film.
Harding plays a famous artist, Marion Forsythe, who's been around (as bluntly as it could be said after the code went into effect), and Montgomery is Richard Kurt, a magazine editor, who wants her to write her biography. She has painted the portraits and heaven knows what else of some of the most famous people in the world.
Marion agrees, but an old beau of hers, Bunny (Edward Everett Horton) shows up and tries to discourage her from publishing her story. He is a chapter, and he's running for the Senate and presently engaged to the daughter of an influential publisher. This could ruin him.
Nice story with a fine performance by Harding, and a departure from the films of hers I've seen. She is usually a very serious, proper woman. Here she is flirtatious, comfortable, and disarming. Every man she meets succumbs to her gentle charm. This includes Kurt, whose name she never remembers and who is becoming increasingly frustrated, particularly when she begins to second-guess the biography.
Edward Everett Horton is very funny as Bunny (whom she doesn't remember when she first meets him), and Montgomery is good as Kurt. He, like Melvin Douglas and some other actors, was much better than his material and really didn't have a chance to show what he could do until, at his insistence, he did "Night Must Fall." Later on, he became a successful director.
Worth seeing for Harding's performance.
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