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Living on Velvet (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 March 1935 (USA)
Terry Parker (George Brent) is shattered by the crash of his airplane which killed his parents and sister, and adopts a listless attitude toward life. But romance enters in the person of ... See full summary »

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Terry Parker (George Brent) is shattered by the crash of his airplane which killed his parents and sister, and adopts a listless attitude toward life. But romance enters in the person of Amy Prentiss (Kay Francis), the girl friend of his best friend, Gibraltar (Warren William), who graciously lets love take its course and even helps the couple get married and get located. Amy tries to steer Terry out of his irresponsible ways but fails and eventually leaves him, only to be reunited when called to Terry's side after he has been in an automobile crash. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The "wavishing Kay Fwancis" actually mocked herself in this film for her well-known trouble in pronouncing the letter "R." When George Brent's character notices that her "april" comes out sounding like "apwil," he forces her to repeat "around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran," which comes out "awound the wugged wocks the wagged wascals wan." See more »

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There should be no mountains visible in the background of the Long Island estate, yet there are. See more »

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Isle of Capri
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
Played as dance music at the first party
Danced to by George Brent and Kay Francis and other couples
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Pleasant enough domestic drama with a trio of interesting stars...
15 March 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's really nothing too special about LIVING ON VELVET to distinguish it from many other Warner melodramas of the '30s. The trio of stars--GEORGE BRENT, KAY FRANCIS and WARREN WILLIAM--are suitably cast in the leads and the script moves along at a brisk pace to tell the story of an adventurer (Brent) and a society woman (Francis) who fall in love but can't seem to save their failing marriage until he nearly loses his life in an accident. The plot is really as simple as that.

It's performed capably by the three stars with Warren Williams given little to do except to stand on the sidelines while Brent and Francis fall in love. Director Frank Borzage keeps the story moving swiftly after the first meeting of Kay Francis and George Brent at a party wherein they fall instantly in love. Nothing much happens except that their romance loses its luster when she decides to walk out on him, but soon returns for the happy ending.

It passes the time pleasantly, but don't expect too much. It's typical Warner Bros. romantic fare for Miss Francis and that's about it.


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