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A subject which was familiar in the French thirties: the aristocrat who
is forced to marry (money match) a nouveau riche.Abetted by a greedy
mother (Gabrielle Dorziat),and a brother/playboy ,a young woman (Gaby
Morlay) marries a less-than-handsome greybeard ,Jacques(Harry
Baur).This business man holds the Bourse de Paris (Stock Exchange)in
his hand.He is ruthless,and when it comes to ruin an "ennemy" ,he does
not think twice.
Both confess they do not love each other.Anne -Marie is having a wild time at night with her beau,a womanizer who enjoys the "legs" game (worth the price of admission)whereas her hubby is brooding.But she soon realizes that in those crazy nights ,"life has lost its mystery and that love is blind and cannot find her" .For her,Jacques will shake the pillars of the temple,as it happens ,the stock exchange.Can poverty buy happiness?
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There may be a term paper in French filmmakers and money metaphors. Back in 1921 Marcel L'Herbier adapted the Greek legend of Prometheus and equated him with a financier; fifteen years later Maurice Tourneur - who had spent a considerable time making American films - adapted the Biblical story of Samson and made him, guess what, not only a financier but a pillar (nice touch that) of the Bourse, the Paris Stock Exchange so that when Delilah gets happy with those shears both pillars - real and symbolic - come crashing down. The great Harry Bauer takes the lead as an African copper magnate and Delilah comes in the shape of Gaby Morlay, more or less coerced into a loveless marriage by mom, titled but penniless Gabrielle Dorziat. In another nice touch this Samson wasn't blind to the reason Morlay said 'yes' but she WAS blind to his very real love for her so that when she picks the wrong guy to step out of line with Bauer has no compunction in ruining not only the other man but also himself and two-thirds of the Bourse. Strong stuff at the tail-end of the Great Depression and a fine addition to any DVD collection.
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