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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
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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 »
I caught this on TCM as part of the Bette Davis Star of the Month tribute, and I have to admit, I didn't expect much. The thought of Davis, Howard, and de Havilland in a purely comedic film just seemed a little implausible to me. Thankfully, I was wrong; after five minutes, wild horses couldn't have pulled me away!
Howard plays Basil Underwood, the heartthrob of the theatre world. While touring the nation in Shakespearean plays, he builds quite a reputation as a lady's man, breaking hearts from sea to shining sea. On the eve of his elopement to his long-suffering co-star / fiancé Joyce (Davis), Basil is faced with a dilemma: in order to redeem himself in the eyes of an old friend, and in a vain attempt to make resolution for his many indiscretions with the fairer sex (the big blonde in New Orleans, the redhead in Denver, etc.), he has to make himself out to be a complete cad and cause a young fan (de Havilland) to hate him. The rest of the plot revolves around Basil's attempts to become a changed man, rather than the "bad odor" he is affectionately called at the beginning of the film.
Howard shines in this film; you can tell that he is really having some fun in this one. He plays the cad well, and is enjoyable at it. Davis has a basically supporting role, but handles what she is given with ease and sarcasm. De Havilland is a bundle of girlish charm and energy, and her blind adoration of Basil makes for some really cute situations.
The star, however, is Eric Blore, who plays Digges (Basil's valet and, essentially, his conscience). Forever packing (and unpacking) the bags and keeping track of Basil's dirty deeds, this man puts up with it all and handles it with unnerving calm and a sharp wit. Oh, and he does a mean bird call!
Although not the best of any of the primary players' careers, this is certainly a must-see for any fan of Howard, Davis, and de Havilland, or anyone just looking for a cute movie to make them smile. The last time I laughed this hard at primarily dramatic actors in a movie together was when I saw VALLEY OF THE DOLLS recently...the major difference is that Howard, Davis, and de Havilland intended to make a comedy. Enjoy!
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