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Man of the Moment (1935)

Approved | | Comedy | September 1935 (UK)
Mary, who is infatuated with her boss, discovers that he is having an affair with one of her coworkers. Despondent, she leaves work and overhearing news of a suicide, impulsively decides to... See full summary »

Director:

Monty Banks

Writers:

Yves Mirande (adapted from the story: "Water Nymph" by), Guy Bolton (adapted by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Tony (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
Laura La Plante ... Mary
Claude Hulbert Claude Hulbert ... Rufus
Margaret Lockwood ... Vera
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Mr. Barton
Donald Calthrop ... Godfrey
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Mr. Rumcorn
Eve Gray Eve Gray ... Miss Madden
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Landlady
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Jason Randall
Patrick Ludlow Patrick Ludlow ... Roulette Player
Martita Hunt ... Roulette Player
Tony Hankey Tony Hankey ... Party Guest
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Mary, who is infatuated with her boss, discovers that he is having an affair with one of her coworkers. Despondent, she leaves work and overhearing news of a suicide, impulsively decides to drown herself in the river. She turns out to be an incompetent suicide, however, and while splashing about in the water, an apparently wealthy and dashing figure, Tony, drives up in his sports car and jumps in to save her. He takes her home to get her dry and to keep her from hurting herself--but his wealthy fiancee arrives and she assumes the worst and breaks off their engagement. Tony then reveals to Mary that he's broke, with only 300 pounds to his name. Now--each despondent--they both begin to talk of doing themselves in when tickets for Monte Carlo, which was to be his honeymoon destination, arrive. In a sudden bit of screwball inspiration, they decide to go to Monte Carlo and bet their little stake on an all or nothing bid to build a fortune for themselves. Its either win, or they both jump ... Written by Thomas Muther, Jr (twm-2)

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

September 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sublime Pecado See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film had its U. S. television premiere on Turner Classic Movies on 17 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung a cappella by men at the bachelor party, with modified lyrics
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Laura La Plante is worth watching
25 September 2007 | by kburdittSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film, its easily equal to the screwball comedies being made in the US at that time. In some ways even more daring since it deals with subjects that would quickly be censored in the US. Suicide, extramarital sex & office romances, a single woman staying and traveling with a single man (It Happened One Night), cross dressing, rowdy stag parties that walk a thin line just to mention a few. Plus the scenes around pre-war London are fun. But the real reason for watching this film is Laura LaPlante, what a terrific actress. Great comedic timing, a natural accent, pretty in a non-30's way (I kept thinking of Laura Dern), and obviously willing to do slapstick. LaPlante energized every scene she was in, and put sappy Margaret Lockwood to shame. Its a mystery why she couldn't compete with the likes of Carole Lombard or Myrna Loy - she was definitely their equal. I particularly liked the scene by the river when Mary is trying to get her nerve up to jump in, but her nerves and the river aren't quite up to the task. The stag party scene made me cringe, was that planned by the director - or was that truly a more innocent time. While Mary may be a dreamer - she's not stupid, she enjoys a challenge, and she has found it in the Fairbanks character. There was an off hand chemistry between La Plante and Fairbanks and its a shame that it wasn't nurtured. I would like to see more of the British La Plante movies screened.


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