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Envy (1930)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  December 1930 (USA)
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Two bored couples think they can find happiness if they exchange spouses for the evening.



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Helen and Jimmy have invited Rose and George over for an evening of bridge. Before their guests' arrival, Helen and Jimmy are arguing about the sorry state of their relationship, they believing that Rose and George are the perfect couple. Helen wants Jimmy to be more like George, while Jimmy wants Helen to be more like Rose. What they are unaware of is that Rose and George too are unhappy about their relationship, which they want to be more like "perfect" Helen and Jimmy. Instead of playing bridge, Helen, in the ruse of a party game, manages to maneuver the foursome into two boy-girl couples, Helen with George, and Rose with Jimmy. The winner of this party game is the couple who is the most amused by the end of the evening. Helen and Jimmy and Rose and George will truly discover if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Written by Huggo

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Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
Music by Joseph A. Burke
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Pre-Code Short
2 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Envy (1930)

** (out of 4)

A rather forgettable pre-code short has a bored couple growing tired of one another. Both member seems to think they'd have a better time with the friends coming over so they decide to switch and see if it's true or not. The theme of switching spouses is something we didn't see too much of during the early days of cinema but that's the subject here and the history behind that is a lot more entertaining than the actual film. The movie suffers from poor sound quality and rather awful acting, which was something stalking the movies during this early sound era. All four overact something horrid as they are constantly moving their arms and acting out everything they say. This might have been important in the silent era but it just doesn't work in a sound movie. The term "making love" is said quite a few times and the adult subject makes this unique but the end result isn't nearly as good as it should have been. For film buffs only.

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