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Olivia de Havilland,
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A piano teacher believes that her fiancé was killed on the battlefield. When he miraculously returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love had died.
Renowned stage actors Basil Underwood and Joyce Arden are partners on and off the stage. An occupational hazard for Basil is that women often fall in love with what they see of him on the stage, he who sometimes indulges that adoration. Basil and Joyce's personal life is passionate and tempestuous characterized by constant fighting and making up, which is often continued on-stage under their breaths. After their latest fight and reconciliation, they decide to get married... for the twelfth time. They are determined to make it to the altar this time. But Basil feels he needs to wipe clean the slate first by doing a favor for a stranger, Henry Grant, whose fiancée has fallen in love with him. With his latest script in hand, Basil vows to make Henry's fiancée fall out of love with him by playing the cad. He finds that it may be more difficult than he first imagined when he finds out that the woman in question is Marcia West, the young woman who professed her love to him earlier in the ... Written by
The screenplay was originally titled, "Gentleman after midnight." See more »
After Basil ties (off camera) his ascot before breakfast, the tie's spots are showing. Immediately after, same scene, the tie has stripes. Then, in the third scene immediately following, the tie again shows spots. See more »
A very young Bette Davis is again paired with Leslie Howard, this time in a delightful, frothy comedy about battling theatrical costars. Supposedly the couple was based on Lunt and Fontanne, but I suspect there's a little influence from "Private Lives" as well.
Howard is a riot as the outrageous, narcissistic actor who can't stop getting women to fall in love with him, and Davis is a beautiful spitfire as his costar/fiancé.
Olivia deHavilland is the sweet young thing in this and she's lovely as a starry-eyed woman who thinks she's in love with Howard. Eric Blore is Howard's hapless manservant, and he's hilarious.
This is such a wonderful, witty movie, the kind, alas, that had its heyday in the '30 and '40s and is no more. The beginning scenes, with the two on stage in Romeo and Juliet, whispering insults, is especially funny. It's great to see such a young Davis and deHavilland, too, and Leslie Howard in comedy. This movie is a treasure, not to be missed.
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