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Edward F. Cline
Edward G. Robinson,
Mary, who is infatuated with her boss, discovers that he is having an affair with one of her coworkers. Despondent, she leaves work and overhearing news of a suicide, impulsively decides to drown herself in the river. She turns out to be an incompetent suicide, however, and while splashing about in the water, an apparently wealthy and dashing figure, Tony, drives up in his sports car and jumps in to save her. He takes her home to get her dry and to keep her from hurting herself--but his wealthy fiancee arrives and she assumes the worst and breaks off their engagement. Tony then reveals to Mary that he's broke, with only 300 pounds to his name. Now--each despondent--they both begin to talk of doing themselves in when tickets for Monte Carlo, which was to be his honeymoon destination, arrive. In a sudden bit of screwball inspiration, they decide to go to Monte Carlo and bet their little stake on an all or nothing bid to build a fortune for themselves. Its either win, or they both jump ... Written by
Thomas Muther, Jr (twm-2)
Weak British comedy/romance stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr....
MAN OF THE MOMENT is a trifle about an impetuous woman who decides to drown herself (LAURA LA PLANTE) and a man who happens to be driving by when she's floundering in the water (DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR.) Naturally, they fall in love after he dives in to rescue her.
But not too quickly. The man is engaged to a young woman (MARGARET LOCKWOOD) and this is just one of several obstacles. Fairbanks plays his role in debonair style with good humor and a sense of comic timing, but Laura La Plante is a bit ungainly as the ditsy young woman, in the sort of role Claudette Colbert would have played with charming ease.
The comic situations are pretty lame and the film only becomes worthwhile for watching DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. in an early role as the happily engaged man. MARGARET LOCKWOOD as his fiancé is even more of an airhead than La Plante and shows no particular skill for comedy in an irritating number of crying scenes.
Summing up: Screwball British comedy is a trifle easily forgotten.
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