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Danger - Love at Work (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 30 September 1937 (USA)
A young lawyer is unable to get the Pembertons to sign a land sale contract until their daughter falls in love with him.

Director:

Otto Preminger (as Otto L. Preminger)

Writers:

James Edward Grant (screenplay), James Edward Grant (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sothern ... Toni Pemberton
Jack Haley ... Henry MacMorrow
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Alice Pemberton
Edward Everett Horton ... Howard Rogers
John Carradine ... Herbert Pemberton
Walter Catlett ... Uncle Alan
Benny Bartlett ... Junior Pemberton
Maurice Cass ... Uncle Goliath
Alan Dinehart ... Allan Duncan
Etienne Girardot ... Albert Pemberton
E.E. Clive ... Wilbur - Butler
Margaret McWade ... Aunt Patty
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Aunt Pitty
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Chemist
Hilda Vaughn ... Pemberton's Maid
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A young lawyer is unable to get the Pembertons to sign a land sale contract until their daughter falls in love with him.

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You'll find new ways of laughing with this new style of fun...and it's oh, so darn romantic! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Simone Simon was originally hired to play "Toni Pemberton", but after a few days of shooting she was fired and replaced by Ann Sothern. See more »

Soundtracks

Danger - Love at Work
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Ann Sothern and Jack Haley
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Zany comedy that doesn't match great screwball films
24 May 2015 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

There's no doubt that this is a funny movie. It's madcap mayhem much of the time. It has a plot that ties it all together. And, it has a very good cast, all of whom do well in their parts. So, why do I give it only six stars? Well, for starters, it's very zany and funny at times – but not laughably funny most of the time. The ingredients for the screwball comedy are there in spades – the love triangle. But it isn't really a triangle because E.E. Horton's Howard Rogers "masterfully" became engaged to Ann Sothern's Toni Pemberton. She doesn't love the guy and there's no conflict between two suitors. And, there is very little comedy between the two leads – Sothern and Jack Haley's Henry MacMorrow.

What distinguishes the great screwball comedies is the interplay between the two leads. The exchanges of witty lines, the riotously funny give and take between the two, the hilarious mishaps and slapstick. There is none of that in this film. After a short encounter in their first meeting, the two leads become friends with a common pursuit. Now it's just a romance with them. The film does have many weird characters, and they have some lines that strain at humor. But mostly, they are engaged in individual eccentricities that are funny but that soon grow tiresome.

"Danger – Love at Work" has the feel of watching a variety show with one comedy skit – or attempted one – after another. The incidents and scenes are amusing, but that's it. A couple of other reviewers have noted that it would have been a better production with a top-line director of the day. That might have been so, but only with a major rewrite of the screenplay. It has to start with the screenplay, and this one doesn't have what it takes to make great comedy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hóbortos család See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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