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Writers:
Ben Hecht (story)
Charles MacArthur (story)
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Release Date:
30 April 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"Before I tell a woman I love her, I rattle six times, like a snake." (original poster)
Plot:
A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, and his ghost must wander restlessly unless someone sheds a tear for him. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
James MacArthur obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 31 October 2010, 12:14 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Excellent story of redemption See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Noel Coward ... Anthony Mallare
Julie Haydon ... Cora Moore
Stanley Ridges ... Paul Decker
Martha Sleeper ... Julia Vivian
Ernest Cossart ... Jimmy Clay
Alexander Woollcott ... Vanderveer Veyden
Everley Gregg ... Mildred Langwiter
Rosita Moreno ... Carlotta
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Maurice Stern
Richard Bond ... Howard Gillette
Helen Strickland ... Mrs. Rolinson

Lionel Stander ... Rothenstien
Frank Conlan ... Massey
O.Z. Whitehead ... Calhoun
Raymond Bramley ... Felix Abrams

Harry Davenport ... Slezack
Hope Williams ... Margie
William Ricciardi ... Luigi
Uhei Hasegawa ... Yoshiwara
Carl Schmidt ... Zither Player
Isabelle Foster ... Scrub Woman
Madame Shushkina ... Fortune Teller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Hecht ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)
Charles MacArthur ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)

Burgess Meredith ... Flop House Bum (uncredited)
Florence Robinson ... Scrub Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Hecht 
Charles MacArthur 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ben Hecht  story
Charles MacArthur  story

Produced by
Ben Hecht .... producer
Charles MacArthur .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Ellis 
 
Art Direction by
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Johnson 
 
Music Department
Frank Tours .... musical director
 

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Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until many years afterward.See more »
Quotes:
Anthony Mallare:I'm never nice.See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto No. 2See more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Excellent story of redemption, 3 December 2002
Author: William from Austin, TX

Noel Coward is perfectly cast as a suave, vain, selfish well educated, upper class publisher. The literary crowd that congregates at his office is equally lacking in depth and seems concerned only with their status and success. They constantly meet at Noel Coward's publishing office in the hope of gaining favor for their next book and to make sure they are not left out on the latest gossip in the artistic realm.

Cora is a young idealist and poet who believes her love can change Noel Coward and that they can establish a long lasting relationship. She ends her relationship with her fiancé to become Noel's lover. However Noel returns to his playboy ways after 6 months and ends the relationship. This breaks Cora's heart and she eventually returns to her fiancé who has since lost his job and self respect after losing Cora.

The story picks up when Noel Coward leaves New York City by plane chasing after a new lover, a concert pianist who is just as shallow as he is. However a storm is encountered and the plane crashes into the sea killing Noel. God takes pity on him and grants him one month on Earth to find someone who will cry for him, otherwise he is condemned to wander the Earth, never to find rest, for all eternity.

The climax takes place on a dim, rainy night and ends with a prayer and a miracle. A strange redemption occurs. The death experience teaches Noel the true values of life, although his former associate artists are incapable of understanding his message.

The film has beautiful music and the scenes are classic film noir. Unfortunately it is not on DVD or VHS. For those who enjoy this type of movie it is a classic masterpiece. Noel Coward's dialog is sharp and witty and no one could play the part better.

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