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Living on Love (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 12 November 1937 (USA)
Mary, a sometimes employed Midwest transplant living in New York is forced to share an apartment with Jack, a starving artist-night watchman. Both having problems paying their rent, ... See full summary »



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Mary, a sometimes employed Midwest transplant living in New York is forced to share an apartment with Jack, a starving artist-night watchman. Both having problems paying their rent, landlord comes up with idea to share one apartment on a shift basis. Written by mkeasey

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She never knew that the chap she met in the park every night was the same struggling artist...but SHE LOVED HIM! See more »


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12 November 1937 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the six "lost" RKO films (another is the first version of the story, Rafter Romance (1933)) unseen for many years and not released to television. In 2006, Turner Classic Movies acquired the rights and showed all six in April 2007. See more »


Eli West: Oh, now folks please; you can't do that, you can't. Do you realize you are kissing and canoodling?
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
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These Ships Don't Pass Unnoticed
14 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Living On Love is a roadshow remake of Rafter Romance that William Powell and Ginger Rogers had done only four years earlier. Someone at RKO must have been stuck for an original story and recycle this one. The slightly less well known James Dunn and Whitney Bourne are in this film as leads.

It's a pleasant enough comedy concerning two people sharing a room at different hours. Whitney is a salesgirl working selling electric shavers for Franklin Pangborn who would like to get better acquainted and she works by day. Her night time roommate is Dunn who is an artist, but works at night as a truck dispatcher.

These two ships that pass in the night don't pass unnoticed and both have habits that annoy. But when they happen to meet there is an attraction that takes the entire running time of the film to bear fruit. Of course neither figure out that the other is the annoying roommate until almost the end of the film.

Living On Love is a pleasant enough screwball comedy with some other good supporting performances by Joan Woodbury as the daughter of the owner of a nearby restaurant that both leads meet at and who has an interest in Dunn. And best of all is Solly Ward as the landlord who for the want of a radio with all kinds of features rents that room with that arrangement to Bourne.

Some of the same comedy situations can also be found in The More The Merrier, a slightly better known film. Even with lesser known leads, Living On Love is your average screwball Thirties comedy much like it's predecessor.

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