The seduction plans of novelist Malcolm Niles go awry when actress Vivian Herford brings along her mother to a candlelight dinner in his New York apartment. When they talk of marriage, Malcolm decides to make a tour promoting his new book, and in a small southern town meets Nancy Briggs at an autographing session at the local bookstore. Nancy is getting married that night, but her fiancé, working in New York, doesn't come back for the wedding, so her family gives her the fare to go to New York to find him. At the same time, Malcolm gets a wire from his publisher and friend, Robert Hanson, telling him to come home because Vivian has left town. Traveling to New York on the same train, Nancy proves to be a pest who Malcolm hopes to avoid once they arrive, but when Nancy can't find her fiancé, she goes to Malcolm, since he's the only one she knows in the city. He is about to kick her out when Vivian returns, so he uses Nancy as an excuse to get rid of Vivian. In the ensuing days, Nancy ... Written by
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Three Loves Has Nancy with Janet Gaynor may not be on the same level as Lady Eve with Barbara Stanwyck but it comes close. I was laughing so hard that my son in the next room yelled out to me, "What's going on in there?" Franchot Tone simply stole the picture and Bob Montgomery was a close second. I couldn't believe the scene in which they were in bed together, stealing the one cover back and forth from each other. It had me in stitches. How could the Hollywood production code state that a married couple on screen couldn't sleep in the same bed yet these two men were allowed to do so? Did the censors simply miss out on the innuendo in 1938? Just too funny for words, perhaps even funnier than a similar scene made today, because this film was made in the age of innocence in Hollywood.
Janet delivers her lines flawlessly, and she is very sweet, but Tone and Montgomery made more with their material here. I rate this delightful film 9 out of 10. Don't miss it when next it airs on TCM.
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