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Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

Director:

Dorothy Arzner

Writers:

Cleo Lucas (novel), Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sylvia Sidney ... Joan Prentice
Fredric March ... Jerry Corbett
Adrianne Allen ... Claire Hempstead
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Buck (as Skeets Gallagher)
George Irving ... Mr. Prentice
Esther Howard ... Vi
Florence Britton ... Charlcie
Charles Coleman ... Richard Damery
Cary Grant ... Charlie Baxter
Kent Taylor ... Gregory 'Greg' Boleslavsky
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Adrienne Ames ... Minor Role (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Nere-do-well Jerry Corbett finally meets and marries the right girl, Joan Prentiss. Unfortunately their wedded bliss is interrupted when Jerry's play becomes a hit and he hooks up with the wrong woman from his past. Joan decides that turn-about is fair play and she picks another man to escort her around to various parties around New York. Eventually Jerry quits drinking and sends his girlfriend packing, just in time for Joan to take him back. Written by Anonymous

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In her innocence she expected days and nights of tender love. What she got was a Bitter Shock!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I, Jerry, Take Thee, Joan See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An early example of product placement uses a close-up of a bottle of Henessey Brandy as a punch line. See more »

Quotes

Buck: What this country needs is less ventilation and more smoke!
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Soundtracks

The Near Future
("How Dry I Am") (uncredited)
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
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Good Performances Wasted in Routine Story
9 March 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Reporter Jerry Colbert (Fredric March) is in a drunken state when he meets the beautiful Joan (Sylvia Sidney) who just happens to be the daughter of a millionaire. The two hit it off but before long Joan realizes that Jerry has a major issue with alcohol. At first her love is enough to keep him away from the drink but before long he's back on the bottle.

MERRILY WE GO TO HELL has one of the greatest titles of any movie in history but sadly the film itself isn't all that great or even good for that matter. This here is another Pre-code that manages to have some good performances that go wasted on a story that just isn't all that interested. What's worse is the fact that the story is pretty darn predictable from start to finish without any real surprises or fresh moments.

The best thing going for the film are the performances. March, fresh off his Best Actor Oscar win for DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, offers up a good performance in the role of a drunk who can't help but want to party more than stay with his wife. Adrianne Allen plays his former lover and she offers up a fine performance. George Irving has some excellent moments playing Sidney's father. You've even got an early performance from Cary Grant. As far as Sidney goes, she's certainly the best thing about the film. She handles the dramatic moments perfectly but the greatest part comes at the start of the picture with that bubbly personality, which makes you understand why an alcoholic would give up the bottle for her.

This here was years before THE LOST WEEKEND so the subject of alcoholism isn't really dealt with in a strong or graphic way. More than anything we just see the March character as either having too much fun or passing out during moments that he's needed. As it stands, MERRILY WE GO TO HELL might appeal to fans of the cast but the film itself has quite a few problems.


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