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Gregory La Cava
Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a chauffeur's uniform. He also catches the eye of her pretty Geraldine. Written by
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Although not credited onscreen or noted by reviewers or the SAB, this film is so similar to What a Man (1930) (same plot and even many of the same character names) that the source of the screenplay must surely be the same for both films. Both the 1924 novel "The Dark Chapter; a Comedy of Class Distinctions" by E.J. Rath and the play "They All Want Something" has been added to the writers section. The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 12 October 1926 and closed in December 1926 after 62 performances. See more »
Rich, scatterbrained Emily Kilbourne (Billie Burke) has the habit of bringing in down-on-their-luck, homeless men to help them much to the disgust of her husband and children. They usually rob her blind and leave. Then Wade Rawlins (Brian Aherne) who just LOOKS down and out enters her life and she invites him in and he starts to change the whole family...for the better.
The plot IS predictable but this is still a very funny screwball comedy. The script is great with one liners flying fast and furious. The entire cast is up for it--Burke is just great and received an Oscar nomination for her performance; Aherne is just OK; Constance Bennett is wonderful as Jerry who falls for Rawlins and Alan Mowbray has some very funny sequences as the family butler. Catchy title tune too (also nominated for an Oscar).
The romance between Bennett is Aherne is a bit too predictable and there's a very rushed ending. Also an offensive black stereotype is thrown in at the end. Still this is a fast, funny, wonderful film that deserves to be better known. Recommended.
Good luck finding a good print--the only one available is in terrible condition.
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