Peter Conway (Clive Brook) is a playwright and his new play is having its first night. At the party afterwards Peter is kissed by a woman he claims not to know. The woman is Pamela ('Judy ... See full summary »
Peter Conway (Clive Brook) is a playwright and his new play is having its first night. At the party afterwards Peter is kissed by a woman he claims not to know. The woman is Pamela ('Judy Campbell'). At first she persues him but then produces some letters where he declared his undying love for her and she sues him for Breach of Promise (as the ladies could in the 1940s). But Peter has a nice scheme to defeat her plan - he marries her. She then does her best to bankrupt him. But why does she want to destroy him? A series of misunderstandings follow as we gradually realise what is going on as Peter & Pamela part and come back together time and time again. Written by
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I viewed the 66minute American version of this film which is strangely titled "Adventure In Blackmail".The film originally ran for 79minutes and many scenes have been brutally truncated.This may contribute to the lack of humour though i somehow doubt it.The first problem is with the script which is unfunny surprising given that Emric Pressburgers name is attached to it.It may also be the fact that Clive Brook at 55 is just too old a lead to make the premise of the film work particularly when you consider that Judy Campbell was just 26 when the film was made.So it rather undercuts the prenise of Breach of Promise.As with all farces the situation gets rather turned on its head and we land up with a very predictable ending.Compare this with say My favourite wife made about the same time by RKO in Hollywood.Imagine what Cary Grant and Irene Dunne could have made with these parts.A lot more than Brook and Campbell.
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