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I knew when I met you tonight that you'd come in handy.
Well that's very kind of you.
But I couldn't figure out how until a minute ago. I suppose you know everyone in the social register don't you?
Well everyone worth knowing. Of course that eliminates most of them.
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Despite a low budget and mostly 2nd and 3rd tier actors, this was an enjoyable little film
"False Pretenses" is the sort of escapist film that they did quite well in the 1930s. And, despite a very low budget and mostly no-name actors, the film ends up being quite entertaining.
The film begins with Mary Beekman (Irene Ware) at the end of her ropes--her knucklehead ex-boyfriend (Edward Gargan) has gotten her fired from her job and won't stop harassing her. On top of that, she loses her check and has to climb on the wall of a bridge to retrieve it. There she meets a down-on-his-luck playboy, Kenneth Alden (Sydney Blackmer) who is about to kill himself! She convinces him to stop and in talking with him, she comes up with a crazy idea. Maybe Alden can regain some of his fortune by helping her marry some rich guy (since he IS a prominent member of society and knows the right people)--and then she'll split her new fortune with him. So, after some lessons on etiquette and deportment, he takes her to meet his friends--and are they smitten! What's next in this little bit of larceny? See the film for yourself.
The film is entertaining and satisfying--proving that a B-movie can still be quite good. I particularly thought the script, though outlandish, was the strength to this one--though the acting also was quite good. Worth a look.
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