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It's Love I'm After (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 November 1937 (USA)
An actor of the stage finds himself pursued by a lovestruck fan while trying to patch up a tempestuous relationship with his actress lover.

Director:

Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), Maurice Hanline (original story "Gentlemen After Midnight")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Howard ... Basil Underwood
Bette Davis ... Joyce Arden
Olivia de Havilland ... Marcia West
Patric Knowles ... Henry Grant, Jr.
Eric Blore ... Digges
George Barbier ... William West
Bonita Granville ... Gracie Kane
Spring Byington ... Aunt Ella Paisley
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Kane (as Georgia Craine)
Veda Ann Borg ... Elsie
E.E. Clive ... First Butler
Valerie Bergere ... Joyce's Maid
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Hinkle
Thomas Pogue Thomas Pogue ... Mr. Hinkle
Grace Field Grace Field ... Mrs. Babson (as Grace Fields)
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Storyline

Renowned stage actors Basil Underwood and Joyce Arden are partners on and off the stage. An occupational hazard for Basil is that women often fall in love with what they see of him on the stage, he who sometimes indulges that adoration. Basil and Joyce's personal life is passionate and tempestuous characterized by constant fighting and making up, which is often continued on-stage under their breaths. After their latest fight and reconciliation, they decide to get married... for the twelfth time. They are determined to make it to the altar this time. But Basil feels he needs to wipe clean the slate first by doing a favor for a stranger, Henry Grant, whose fiancée has fallen in love with him. With his latest script in hand, Basil vows to make Henry's fiancée fall out of love with him by playing the cad. He finds that it may be more difficult than he first imagined when he finds out that the woman in question is Marcia West, the young woman who professed her love to him earlier in the ... Written by Huggo

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Listen, You...it's LOVE I'm after! - ...and it's love you're going to get -- in the neck! See more »

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Trivia

The screenplay was originally titled, "Gentleman after Midnight." See more »

Goofs

When Basil goes to the window to see the New Year's revelers below, the window is slightly open. But, in the next shot from above and behind him, the window is closed. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Arden: I think I'm going to scream!
Basil Underwood: Now, Joyce...
Joyce Arden: I'm sure I'm going to scream! Ahhhh!
Basil Underwood: Now Joyce remember your glands!
Joyce Arden: You leave my glands out of this!
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Referenced in All About Bette (1994) See more »

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Screwball comedy is a real gem!
2 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

While Bette Davis and Leslie Howard are amusing as two battling lovers who also happen to be ham actors, the surprise of this little comedy is Olivia de Havilland as the moonstruck girl with a crush on matinée idol Basil Underwood (Howard). De Havilland never had a better ingenue role and she makes the most of it. Amusing to note that three years later she and Howard would be paired as Melanie and Ashley in 'Gone with the Wind'. Strange that previous comments fail to even mention her presence in this film! Even Bette Davis admitted that de Havilland had the better role with more footage--and claimed to dislike the film. However, all three leads are excellent--with Eric Blore stealing scenes as the butler frequently told by Leslie Howard to "Pack my bags!" Bonita Granville is rather irritating as de Havilland's brat sister and Spring Byington is her usual chipper self. Patric Knowles, as de Havilland's boyfriend and ultimate love partner, is wonderful in his amusing role as the man who sets the whole plot into action. Catch this one on Turner Classic Movies if you can. It's well worth it. Leslie Howard shows a real flair and delight in playing his ham actor--one of his finest comedy roles. A highlight is a confrontation between him and de Havilland when she declares: "I was in love with Clark Gable last year. If I can get over him, I can certainly get over you!" Screwball comedies don't get any better than this!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gentlemen After Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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