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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

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 »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gentlemen After Midnight See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film has an unusually high number of connections to "Gone with the Wind," the first time Howard and DeHavilland acted together before playing Ashley and Melanie; Davis, who at one time was considered for Scarlett, and the mention by DeHavilland of Clark Gable near the end. See more »

Goofs

Basil and Digges make loud noise to wake up the West household. Basil is about one-third the way up the stairs and Digges is below the staircase. The scene switches to some awakened people at the top of the stairs and then back to Basil and Digges. But now Digges is well up on the stairs and Basil is below the staircase. See more »

Quotes

Basil Underwood: Have you seen a mad woman around here?
Second Butler: Which one sir?
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Featured in Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016) See more »

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Unjustly Forgotten Screwball Comedy
1 January 2006 | by KateHepburnFanSee all my reviews

Why this comedy is unremembered is a mystery to me. It's a witty, fast-paced film, all of the stars give good, funny performances and was critically applauded in its time. Howard and Davis, better known for Of Human Bondage and The Pertrified Forest show largely untapped comic talents; in Bondage and Forest, one often outshines the other, but in this film, they seem to go way over the top trying to outdo each other. Of course that's perfect for this movie and their characters, a hammy, battling stage couple who get along even less after De Havilland comes into the picture. Eric Blore provides priceless comic support. If you're a fan of screwball comedy or any of the stars, I highly recommend it.


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