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It's Love I'm After (1937)

 -  Comedy  -  20 November 1937 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Basil
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Joyce
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Marcia West
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Henry Grant
Eric Blore ...
Digges
George Barbier ...
William West
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Gracie Kane
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Aunt Ella
Georgia Caine ...
Mrs. Kane (as Georgia Craine)
Veda Ann Borg ...
Elsie
E.E. Clive ...
First Butler
Valerie Bergere ...
Joyce's Maid
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Hinkle
Thomas Pogue ...
Mr. Hinkle
Grace Field ...
Mrs. Babson (as Grace Fields)
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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 Huggo

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The tops in topsy-turvy romance! See more »

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20 November 1937 (USA)  »

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Gentlemen After Midnight  »

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The script was originally written to star 'Ina Clair' or Gertrude Lawrence in the Joyce Arden role. But neither was a big enough box-office draw, so the part went to Davis. See more »

Quotes

Basil Underwood: I say, Digges, you don't suppose I've aroused her slap-me-again-I-love-it complex?
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I laughed so hard, I cried
14 January 2006 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I bought this film on video cassette online, not knowing what to expect, but since I liked all the stars involved - Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland - I figured I would probably enjoy the film. Enjoy is not the word, I relished it. It was like eating a dark chocolate ice cream cone with chocolate syrup and cherry and whipped cream piled on top. And nutty! Oh, so nutty! What a delight! Other reviewers here have mentioned the plot about a couple of bickering thespians, so I won't repeat it here in detail. I'll just mention my favorite scenes: ALL of them! :)

It's Love I'm After is Leslie's funniest film. He is hilarious, his comedic timing perfect. I burst out laughing whenever he started going on his Shakespeare routines, like picking up the burnt fish at dinner and reciting lines from Taming of the Shrew. I loved the way he and Bette Davis punched each other around, I can just imagine what fun they had playing this couple! And Olivia de Havilland looked so beautiful and sexy, she had great clothes in this film, and her part was all sweetness and light. The one who really steals the picture though is Eric Blore, who almost always plays butlers or waiters in films. The scene where Bette comes upon Leslie and Olivia kissing in the garden and sees Eric desperately doing turkey imitations to warn him of her arrival had me in conniption fits of laughter! Please see this film, you'll love it. 9 out of 10.


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