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Men Are Not Gods (1936)

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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Ann
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Barbara
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Edmond Davey
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Tommy
A.E. Matthews ...
Skeates (as A. E. Matthews)
Val Gielgud ...
The Producer
Laura Smithson ...
Katherine
Lawrence Grossmith ...
Stanley (as Laurence Grossmith)
Sybil Grove ...
Painter
Winifred Willard ...
Mrs. Williams
Wally Patch ...
Gallery Attendant
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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18 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A férfiak nem istenek  »

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(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Detroit Sunday 30 May 1948 ON WWJ (Channel 4); in New York City it first aired Friday, December 3, 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
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(from 'Three Little Pigs')
Written by Frank Churchill and Ann Ronell
Played as Skeates returns to The Daily Post office
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Really Getting Into the Part
16 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Men Are Not Gods is a film along the same lines as Ronald Colman's classic Oscar winner A Double Life, an actor who starts really getting into the part of Othello. This production from Alexander Korda is not anywhere near as good as A Double Life.

Miriam Hopkins who works with Rex Harrison at a London newspaper is persuaded by Gertrude Lawrence wife of Sebastian Shaw who are a British version of the Lunts to change the critic's review of her husband's Othello to a rave. Of course that gets her fired and rightly so, but she becomes a fan, the incarnation of the theater going public as Shaw puts it. He starts falling for her, but Lawrence is still very much in the picture.

Starting out as a comedy, Men Are Not Gods should have stayed that way. But the switch to drama is jarring and not really well prepared by the writers. When Colman did A Double Life the whole idea was to show how seriously he prepared for his roles, so much so that they took over his life. Shaw's ready to kill Lawrence for what, a quick roll in the hay with Hopkins?

Rex Harrison has very little to do here, but stand around and alternate between calf eyes at Hopkins and witticisms to the world. The film really made little use of his talents.

See Men Are Not Gods and you'll long for Ronald Colman.


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