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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Vitaphone

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Diane's player piano is a Steinway XR Duo-Art Reproducing Grand. In 2018, these pianos, fully restored, can fetch $50,000 or more. See more »

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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

Auguste, Toto's Butler: There's a gentlemen downstairs to see you, monsieur.
Toto Duryea: Who is he?
Auguste, Toto's Butler: He says he's the husband of one of these ladies.
Florine: Is he fat?
Fifi: Is he bald?
Dagmar: Is he tall?
Auguste, Toto's Butler: Yes. He's crazy and he has a gun.
Toto Duryea: Show him in.
[Shot fired]
Auguste, Toto's Butler: He's in.
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Brooks and Blondell steal show!
30 January 2002 | by tashmanSee all my reviews

Of the six or so films Frank Fay made under his early-talkie Warner contract, half wasted time presenting him as some sort of great lover. Battling this concept takes effort and a lapse in sense, not only by the audience, but by the casts of these pictures. This is especially true of THE MATRIMONIAL BED, is less a problem in BRIGHT LIGHTS, but might have reached the ludicrous in GOD'S GIFT TO WOMEN if not for the sensational women involved. Cast as a descendant of Don Juan (annoyingly called "Toto"), it is a testament to the female talent that there is still a lot of fun to be had despite the fact that Frank Fay seldom shut's his mouth. Though the script hardly gives anyone a chance, Fay's incessant chattering "style" is only matched once, when the savvy Joan Blondell fairly bursts into the man's boudoir -- a brief example of sophisticated bedroom farce. This sequence is followed by another gem, a most unexpected three-way battle over Fay; a sexy brawl taking place atop his bed involving ALL QUIET/WESTERN FRONT'S buxom Yola D'Avril, Miss Blondell, and the legendary and stunningly gorgeous Louise Brooks. Yes, Louise was thrown to the dogs in talking pictures, but here is one time (albeit sans bangs) where she looked and sounded sensational for the few moments we were allowed to see her. Nice moments, too, by perfectly capable, delightful silent players: SUNRISE vamp Margaret Livingston, who turns up to give leading lady Laura La Plante a rough moment. La Plante is lovely, and fully up to the challenge of sound comedy. Though hams abound, Alan Mowbray (as the butler), Tyrell Davis (managing to out-fey even Frank Fay), and the fabulous if underused Charles Winninger manage quite effectively. Merely in it for Louise Brooks (and I can't say as I blame you)? Advance to the bedroom romp, but watch the women cavort throughout the opening nightclub sequence -- there are enough glimpses to satisfy. Watch for the beautiful twins from Universal's KING OF JAZZ, the "Sisters G," both of whom are coiffed in what seems to be Louise Brooks' old hairstyle.


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