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Design for Living (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 29 December 1933 (USA)
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

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Complete credited cast:
... Thomas B. 'Tom' Chambers
... George Curtis
... Gilda Farrell
... Max Plunkett
... Mr. Douglas, Theatrical Producer
... Plunkett's Stenographer
... Curtis' Housekeeper
... Max's Butler
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Two Americans sharing a flat in Paris, playwright Tom Chambers and painter George Curtis, fall for free-spirited Gilda Farrell. When she can't make up her mind which one of them she prefers, she proposes a "gentleman's agreement": She will move in with them as a friend and critic of their work, but they will never have sex. But when Tom goes to London to supervise a production of one of his plays, leaving Gilda alone with George, how long will their gentleman's agreement last? Written by Capel Cleggs <capelcleggs@my-deja.com>

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 24 January 1933 and had 135 perfomancs. The 3 leads were played Noël Coward, Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt. There were 2 Broadway revivals, the last in 2001. See more »

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Camera shadow visible on window frame as Gilda sets the table. See more »

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Tom Chambers: My dearest Gilda and dearest George. This is the first letter I've ever dictated, so kindly overlook its correct spelling and perfect punctuation. An honest heart still beats beneath. Exclamation Point. Dash. Paragraph. Well, pals, you'll be interested to know that all London is agog with my wit and charm. Underline charm. Period. Lady Uptadike, weight 203 ringside, has smuggled me into her cage of trained social lions. Here, I am on exhibition nightly. Up to my neck in duchesses. Period. The ...
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Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64
(1844) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Excerpts from the second movement played as background music
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Delicacy is the banana peel under the feet of truth.
9 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the movies I was so sure was going to be stupid and annoying but it turned out to be such fine comedy I've already watched it three times in the past week or two. So many good lines. Tom writes a play called Goodnight Bassington - a comedy in about three acts with a tragic ending. George paints Lady Godiva on a bicycle, despite the fact that a bicycle seat IS a little hard on her historical background. Gilda says that she went to see the above-mentioned painting of Lady Godiva with a friend. "She loved it. We haven't spoken since," Gilda tells George, who begins to pout. He does a fair amount of pouting throughout the film.

Eaglebauer also makes for some fine humour in some scenes near the end, but we never get to see the man. We only hear him bellowing out a joyous song about "falling leaves and fading trees! Goodbye, summer, goodbye!"

But besides all that this really wacky movie is a delight and I sure wish they'd re-release it because it's so good.

So. There's only one thing I have to say to you. Immorality may be fun, but it's not fun enough to replace one hundred per cent virtue and three square meals a day.


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