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Design for Living ()


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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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Thomas B. 'Tom' Chambers
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George Curtis
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Gilda Farrell
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Max Plunkett
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Mr. Douglas, Theatrical Producer
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Plunkett's Stenographer
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Curtis' Housekeeper
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Max's Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cosmo Kyrle Bellew ...
Man (uncredited)
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Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Thomas Braidon ...
Douglas' Second Manager (uncredited)
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Tom's Secretary (uncredited)
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Train Conductor (uncredited)
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Heavy Woman (uncredited)
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Cafe Proprietress (uncredited)
James Donlan ...
Fat Man with Ring (uncredited)
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Mr. Egelbauer (uncredited)
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Woman in audience (uncredited)
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Mrs. Egelbauer (uncredited)
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Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Theatre Chambermaid (uncredited)
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Woman on Staircase (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ...
Englishman at Train (uncredited)
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Mr. Burton (uncredited)
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Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
George Savidan ...
Boy (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ...
Bed Salesman (uncredited)
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Douglas' First Manager (uncredited)
Mrs. Treboal ...
Gilda's Landlady (uncredited)
Barry Winton ...
Man (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ernst Lubitsch

Written by

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Noël Coward ... (play) (as Noel Coward)
 
Ben Hecht ... (screenplay)
 
Samuel Hoffenstein ... (screenplay) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Ernst Lubitsch ... producer

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John Leipold ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Victor Milner

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Frances Marsh ... (uncredited)

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Hans Dreier ... (uncredited)

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Travis Banton ... (uncredited)

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George Hippard ... assistant director (uncredited)

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M.M. Paggi ... sound (uncredited)

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Guy Roe ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Nat W. Finston ... musical director (uncredited)

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Gottfried Reinhardt ... assistant to mr. lubitsch (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Now! distracting drama of a girl who loved two men...completely...simultaneously! (Print Ad- Rochester Times-Union, ((Rochester, NY)) 1 March 1934) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Not Married (United States)
  • Sérénade à trois (France)
  • Una mujer para dos (Spain)
  • Amor am Scheidewege (Austria)
  • Hvað er ást? (Iceland)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia Considerable censorship difficulties arose because of sexual discussions and innuendos, although the Hays Office eventually approved the film for release. However, it was banned by the Legion of Decency and was refused a certificate by the PCA for re-release in 1934, when the production code was more rigorously enforced. See more »
Goofs Camera shadow visible on window frame as Gilda sets the table. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Complicated Women (2003). See more »
Soundtracks The Star Spangled Banner See more »
Quotes Max Plunkett: Immorality may be fun, but it isn't fun enough to take the place of one hundred percent virtue and three square meals a day.
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