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My big criticism of Dangerous Number is that a huge chunk was apparently chopped off at the beginning and left on MGM's cutting room floor. There is an ongoing relationship with Robert Young and Ann Sothern that we walk in on the middle with.
Dangerous Number is a perfect example of the MGM pecking order. No doubt in my mind that this was offered and turned down by Robert Montgomery and Franchot Tone before Young got it. Still he does his best with it and he and Sothern do generate more than a few laughs.
Young is a silk manufacturer and Sothern a dancer who can't live without each other and do marry. But neither can stand each other's lifestyle of business and show business. There's also an ex-husband lurking in the woodpile played by Dean Jagger. Or is he really an EX-husband?
Best scenes in the film involve Young with trick short artist Marla Shelton. It's all a grand set up engineered by a jealous Sothern, but you have to see the film to see what's behind it.
Dangerous Number is a pleasant comedy from the Thirties and probably was a B feature for one of MGM's more prestige pictures.
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