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The Love Test (1935)

Mary Lee is the new head of a Chemistry Laboratory. Thompson and his work-mates are resentful of her appointment and try to make her fall in love with John in the hope that this will make ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Judy Gunn ...
Mary Lee
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John Gregg
David Hutcheson ...
Thompson (as Dave Hutcheson)
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Morris Harvey ...
Company President
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Eve Turner ...
Kathleen
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Allan
Jack Knight ...
Gilbert Davis ...
Hosiah Smith, Chief Chemist
Shayle Gardner ...
Night Watchman
James Craig ...
Boiler Man
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Chemist
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Mary Lee is the new head of a Chemistry Laboratory. Thompson and his work-mates are resentful of her appointment and try to make her fall in love with John in the hope that this will make her neglect her work. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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1 July 1935 (UK)  »

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Il test dell'amore  »

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Men's Rights in the 1930s
28 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Michael Powell must have been gaining a reputation for directing movies efficiently by the time he made THE LOVE TEST. He had already been trusted with directing Leslie Banks and Ian Hunter when he was lent to Fox' English unit for this pleasant programmer.

When Gilbert Davis comes down with the hiccoughs, he must resign as head of the project to develop a fireproof celluloid. He recommends as his replacement the best chemist working under him, Judy Gunn. This does not please David Hutcheson, who makes some Male Chauvinist Pig remarks and order Louis Hayward to distract her by courting her. Of course, they fall in love, and of course Hutcheson decides to cut Hayward out after he has warmed up the cold fish.

It sounds almost modern in its discussion of men, does it not? Well, it falls into the all-too-neat routines of romantic comedy, but it certainly didn't hurt Louis Hayward's career. The movie, which turned up in the early 1990s, times in at barely more than an hour. It seems a totally unremarkable film, and probably didn't add much to Powell's reputation at the time.... except as a man who could get a decent film done on budget. That's never a bad thing.


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