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Men Are Not Gods (1936)

 -  Drama  -  18 January 1937 (USA)
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Ann Williams, secretary to eccentric drama critic Frederick Skeates, is persuaded to alter a ruinous review of Shakespearean actor Edmund Davey by Davey's wife Barbara. Davey's 'Othello' ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ann Williams
Barbara Halson
Sebastian Shaw ...
Edmund Davey
Tommy Stapleton
A.E. Matthews ...
Frederick Skeates
Val Gielgud ...
The Producer
Laura Smithson ...
Lawrence Grossmith ...
Stanley (as Laurence Grossmith)
Sybil Grove ...
Winifred Willard ...
Mrs. Williams
Wally Patch ...
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Ann Williams, secretary to eccentric drama critic Frederick Skeates, is persuaded to alter a ruinous review of Shakespearean actor Edmund Davey by Davey's wife Barbara. Davey's 'Othello' becomes a hit and Ann, even though fired by Skeates, becomes a fan of Davey and starts to fall for him, much to the jealousy of her boyfriend Tommy. At the prospect of involvement in an adulterous triangle, Ann recoils; but despite her resolution, the characters' love lives become ever more tangled and a real-life tragedy of Othello looms... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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18 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Men Are Not Gods  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Edmund Davey: Perhaps you'll hear from me shortly. Something of... interest to your paper.
Tommy Stapleton: Delighted! I write the obituaries.
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References Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »


Sir Roger De Coverley
Arranged by Geoffrey Toye
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17 September 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Ridiculous, tone-wavering melodrama of women and the awful men they love, this British vehicle for American Miriam Hopkins showcases her at her most feverish, as the impulsive secretary to an unctuous drama critic. The West End-circa-1935 milieu is one of the film's most entertaining aspects, and it diverts us from the many plot improbabilities. Miriam, altering her boss's review to look more favorably upon a young actor playing Othello, becomes besotted with him, to the point of endangering his marriage. Gertrude Lawrence, as the wife and his Desdemona, displays none of the quirkiness or spontaneity that made her a stage legend in this dull part (one wonders why she took it), and Rex Harrison, as the obit writer wooing Hopkins, isn't given much to do and in fact exits the picture early. The writer-director does construct some forward- thinking visual elements, and the picture's refreshingly non-Production Code in its Brit sophistication about possible adultery. But the characters are so poorly drawn that we're not sure whom to root for, and Hopkins' dithering becomes tiresome.

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