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God's Gift to Women (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 13 April 1931 (USA)
A Parisian descendant of Don Juan vows to stop philandering in order to win the hand of a virtous young lady with a disapproving father.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Joseph Jackson (screenplay & dialogue), Raymond Griffith (screenplay & dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Fay ... Toto Duryea
Laura La Plante ... Diane Churchill
Joan Blondell ... Fifi
Charles Winninger ... John Churchill
Alan Mowbray ... Auguste - Toto's Butler
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Dr. Louis Dumont
Billy House ... Mons. Cesare
Yola d'Avril ... Dagmar
John T. Murray ... Mons. Chaumier, an Irate Husband
Louise Brooks ... Florine
Margaret Livingston ... Tania Donaliff
Armand Kaliz ... Mons. Rancour
Charles Judels ... Undertaker
Tyrell Davis ... Basil, called 'Pompom' (as Tyrrell Davis)
Eleanor Gutöhrlein Eleanor Gutöhrlein ... Maybelle - Party Girl (as Sisters 'G')
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Storyline

Contemporary Casanova Toto loves beautiful women and pursues them shamelessly. Then he falls in love with respectable Mary and realizes that to win her he must stop his philandering. But Mary has little confidence in Toto's resolve and concocts a plan of her own. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil Was Sick See more »

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Budget:

$220,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Vitaphone

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is interesting to note that in one scene the characters played by Billy House and Tyrell Davis are discussing Toto's mental state while using a "pissoir", or public urinal, on a street in Paris. At the time of this film the city had over 1,200 such structures. See more »

Goofs

On a map, Toto points out the locations of Cannes and Monte Carlo in the north of France on the coastline of the English Channel. Both cities are in the south of France on the Mediterranean coast. See more »

Quotes

Toto Duryea: Ah, Bonjour, Monsieur. This is in deed a pleasure to have you here in my home.
John Churchill: Now, look here, young man. I want you to stop molesting my daughter.
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No, he isn't, but he ain't bad
2 June 2015 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Having read the 700-page biography of Barbara Stanwyck, which only goes up to 1941, I'm not inclined toward sympathy for her first husband Frank Fay, who stars in this Warners bedroom farce. He was arrogant and possibly abusive, and you can see his career in free- fall here. But he's not bad. As an irresistible Don Juan in Paris, which is itself a bit of a stretch, he has a good way with a comic line and is expert at physical comedy. You don't know why Laura La Plante, Joan Blondell, and Louise Brooks, among others, are all fighting over him, but director Michael Curtiz sustains the action nicely, and the Deco costumes and sets are a treat. There's also the nice additional pleasure of a "Show Boat" connection: Leading lady La Plante, who's charming, had recently been Magnolia in the first film version, and Charles Winninger, the stage Captain Andy who repeated his role in the 1936 version, is her dad. He's quite different here, and good.


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