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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.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Noël Coward (play) (as Noel Coward), Ben Hecht (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Fredric March ... Thomas B. 'Tom' Chambers
Gary Cooper ... George Curtis
Miriam Hopkins ... Gilda Farrell
Edward Everett Horton ... Max Plunkett
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Douglas, Theatrical Producer
Isabel Jewell ... Plunkett's Stenographer
Jane Darwell ... Curtis' Housekeeper
Wyndham Standing ... 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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It GIVES WOMEN NEW IDEAS in LOVE! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo NY)) 30 December 1933) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Ernst Lubitsch originally wanted to cast Ronald Colman and Leslie Howard as the male leads, but Colman wanted too much money and Howard wanted to avoid being compared to the original Broadway cast. Lubitsch then asked Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to play George, and he accepted, but he contracted pneumonia just before filming was to start and he was replaced by Gary Cooper. Lubitsch then cast Fredric March as Tom. See more »

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Shadow of boom mic visible at train station. See more »

Quotes

Tom Chambers: Is George still given to smashing things?
Gilda Farrell: Well, we have to tell him the truth, regardless of what happens to the furniture.
Tom Chambers: I wonder if he'll hit? He was never very civilized.
Gilda Farrell: You're right. He is kind of - kind of - barbaric.
[smiles]
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Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64
(1844) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn
Excerpts from the second movement played as background music
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Witty and Sophisticated
2 September 2007 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

In this surprisingly risqué film made before the Hays code, two men and a woman share an apartment in Paris and talk openly about sex. It's fun to watch, thanks to the witty and sophisticated dialog of Noel Coward, the screenplay by Ben Hecht, and of course the masterful direction of Lubitsch. March is wonderful as a struggling playwright. Hopkins has one of her best roles as a free-loving woman who loves two men but marries a third. Lubitsch elicits a fine comedic performance from Cooper as a hot-tempered artist. In a typical role, Horton plays a stuffed shirt. There's no music, which could make things seem static, but Lubitsch keeps it moving at a breezy pace.


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Language:

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Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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