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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.


Michael Curtiz


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




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 ... Maybelle - Party Girl (as Sisters 'G')
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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 »


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 »


Diane Churchill: This is where I want to go when I die.
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Diane Churchill: Oh, Dad. But, this place is perfectly swell.
John Churchill: How often have I told you not to say swell?
Diane Churchill: Sorry, darling. I shan't use it again. But, it is a nice place, don't you think?
John Churchill: Nothing but a lot of jazz bands, dancing, champagne, whoopee! That's all the French think about.
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Minor flick with a sexy Louise Brooks and a decent catfight
28 October 1999 | by BoYutzSee all my reviews

Plot? Who cares about the plot? Something about a guy with several attractive girlfriends, including the incendiary Louise Brooks and the magnetic Joan Blondell. We should all have this problem. ;>

The main action involves the classic situation of juggling three women in different bedrooms. We've all seen this a million times and always wished the juggling act would fail, the women would encounter each other, and a catfight would ensue. Guess what? This time it happens! It may not be a classic catfight, but the brawl between Louise, Joan and another attractive brunette is worth the price of admission.

This movie will appeal mainly to fans of Louise Brooks. Her part is relatively small and she appears sans her famous Dutch-bob hair helmet, thus revealing a rather high forehead. You will still be in love with her, guaranteed. The real irony here is that several other actresses appear with the hairstyle she made not only famous, but possibly immortal. The Louise Legion will also be interested in her voice acting. Her voice is fine, but the role gives her no real opportunity to display her ability. As we all know, things never really got better on that front, either.

So don't expect much out of this, just kick back and enjoy one of the great beauties of film history, the incredible Louise Brooks.

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Release Date:

13 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil Was Sick See more »


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$220,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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