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A Feather in Her Hat (1935)

A loving mother tells her son that he isn't hers so that the boy will be able to climb out of their poor surroundings. He goes on to become a playwright, and his mother sells her store to ... See full summary »

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A loving mother tells her son that he isn't hers so that the boy will be able to climb out of their poor surroundings. He goes on to become a playwright, and his mother sells her store to produce his first play. At the end of the film, the mother reveals that she lied about her son's birthright.

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In his classic autobiography 'The Moon's A Balloon', David Niven recalls how nervous he was when he made this movie and his first take was filled with error -- so he was amazed when the cast and extras applauded him. The director told Niven he was perfect and then asked him to do it again "for safety" and Niven --now absent of nerves -- did the scene without a hitch. Later he learned the director had secretly told the cast and crew that Niven was new, probably nervous, and to applaud for him no matter how poorly he did. Only on the second take did he have film in the camera and recorded the scene. For that kindness, Niven put Santell in his 'Hall of Fame'. See more »

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Not a very good film, but Basil Rathbone is always worth watching
14 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's one bit I liked in this film A Feather in Her Hat. Rathbone's character and his whiskey flask have spent the night on a park bench. In the morning, Pauline Lord wakes him up and, with barely a how-do-you-do, invites him back to her house with the enticement of a hooker of brandy. Rathbone's character, a drunken WWI vet traumatized by what he describes as "the shrieking of shells, and the bleeding of things," naturally says yes to her offer and links arms with her. He introduces himself and asks her name. He then asks "Miss or Mrs?" She says her husband is dead. Rathbone asks "The war?" Pauline Lord's character answers "Plumbing." Rathbone looks inquiringly at her and she explains "Someone hit him up the head with a lead pipe." It's a good bit of dialogue. Unfortunately, this exchange is the only good bit of dialogue in the film, which is mawkish, sappy, and full of unbelievable plot twists of which my favorite is that the quick sale of a corner newspaper/cigarettes-type shop not only finances an entire West End play production previously turned down by a bigwig as "too expensive." but it also buys a nearby rowhouse AND a house with land in the country. Still, it's always good to see Basil Rathbone. If I found him on a park bench I'd invite him home, too. I should buy a bottle of brandy and keep it in the cupboard in case I come across him in a park someday.


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