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Call It a Day (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 April 1937 (USA)
The first day of spring has a profound affect on the Hilton family. The father, an accountant, finds himself unable to work, and when he tries to work, he is wooed by an actress whose taxes... See full summary »

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The first day of spring has a profound affect on the Hilton family. The father, an accountant, finds himself unable to work, and when he tries to work, he is wooed by an actress whose taxes he is doing. The mother is mistaken by a friend's brother, who thinks she is the woman he is supposed to marry; when he finds out different, he decides to pursue her anyway. The eldest son mopes because he wants to "motor the Continent" and the father won't permit him to. The eldest daughter miserably laments the end of a romance with a married artist twenty years her elder. And the youngest moons dreamily in her morbid teen way about Dante Gabriel Rossetti. All of this in the space of one day. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Une journée de printemps  »

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A poster for the Warner Bros. movie _Sing Me a Love Song (1937)_ can be seen on a building. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Hilton: You're putting on weight.
Roger Hilton: The coat's shrunk.
Dorothy Hilton: So have all your coats it seems.
Roger Hilton: Now look here, I can prove to you that...
Dorothy Hilton: Well, you prove it to the bathroom scales.
Roger Hilton: I frequently consult the scales.
Dorothy Hilton: Yes, but you don't pay any attention to what they say.
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Version of Call It a Day (1956) See more »

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Isn't It Romantic?
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Marcia Ralston
Also played as part of the score
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Sharply written satire full of laughs
9 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this gem of a comedy on a Saturday morning on TCM, and I wasn't expecting much from it. I watched it for the star, Olivia de Havilland. However, although she received top billing, her part was more of a supportive one as the eldest daughter. The plot centers on a married couple with three nearly grown children who find themselves each fielding persistent and unexpected flirtations. There are many clever, funny lines in the script. ("What about the children?" "Well, you could just divide them up between you." "But there are three, it wouldn't come out even!" ) Olivia's facial expressions in her scene with the painter show her rarely tapped comedic talent. I'm not sure why other reviewers gave this film such low marks; I've watched dozens of films from the era (often with bigger stars) that weren't nearly as funny. Another plus for this film is that it doesn't, like so many other Hayes Code era films, pretend that adultery either doesn't exist or that no one ever actually goes through with it. The two lead actors are witty and believable and the ending is surprisingly touching.


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