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Live, Love and Learn (1937)

Passed | | Comedy | 29 October 1937 (USA)
Bob is a struggling artist who paints for his own amusement. Julie is a rich society girl. When they meet, it is cute and they are soon married. Living in a small apartment with the ... See full summary »

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Bob is a struggling artist who paints for his own amusement. Julie is a rich society girl. When they meet, it is cute and they are soon married. Living in a small apartment with the constant company of close friend Oscar, they are poor, but happy. When the papers run the story about his riot in the park, Bob is suddenly news. With his private showing he becomes the society's newest sensation. Bob becomes serious, devoid of fun and adventure. Money becomes his prime concern and all the introductions are handled by Lilly. But this is not the life that either Julie or Oscar want. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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29 October 1937 (USA)  »

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La vie, l'art et l'amour  »

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Many actors in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in this movie. These were (with their character names): George Cooper (Bus Driver), Billy Gilbert (Newsboy), Heinie Conklin (Elmer), Robert Emmett Keane (Apartment House Manager), Ann Rutherford (Class President), Zeffie Tilbury (Mrs. Venable), Kate Price (Wilma), Wilbur Mack (Yacht Salesman), Minerva Urecal and Virginia Sale and Maxine Elliott Hicks (Sisters), Tenen Holtz (Socialist), Leila McIntyre (Miss Cross), Rollo Lloyd (Agent) and Charles Irwin (Magazine Salesman). See more »

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The opening credits feature a large sketchbook with caricatures of the three main stars. Followed by a hand ripping pages off to reveal more credits. See more »

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Hummed by Robert Montgomery and Robert Benchley
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Art for art's sake
27 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It is someone amusing and ironical that MGM which had for its slogan Art for Art's sake in Latin did a comedy based on just that premise. Live Love And Learn stars Robert Montgomery as the Bohemian artistic type and Rosalind Russell as the society girl who falls for him. They marry and he goes about trying to get people to notice him.

When critic Monty Woolley does notice him Montgomery and his work get taken up by the rich and famous. In the process though he loses his muse and Russell. Around to catch him is Russell's society pal Helen Vinson playing one of her patented 'other woman' roles.

A cast of familiar players step into roles like Vinson that are easily identifiable. Such wit that is in the script is provided by Robert Benchley as the hero's perpetually inebriated friend who seems to have moved right in with them.

Today Benchley's character would be treated exactly as he is, gay. A closeted gay to be sure as this was the era of the newly adapted Code in Hollywood. His character seems to have deliberately been put in the film in order that someone get to say witty things. If you've seen the film Remember? that starred Robert Taylor and Greer Garson also from MGM Lew Ayres was playing a similar role to Benchley's.

Montgomery and Russell starred in Night Must Fall which won for Montgomery critical praise and an Oscar nomination. But the public stayed away in droves. I'm guessing that Louis B. Mayer wanted to showcase his stars in more traditional roles for them when he assigned them Live Love And Learn.

Tradition was preserved.


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