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A Braodway playwright wants to keep on writing plays for his wife to star in, but all she wants is to retire to Connecticut and, following a few 'worlds-apart" discussion of the issue, they get a divorce. The actress marries a banker in a fit of pique only to quickly discover the divorce was not valid. She communicates this information to her not-yet ex-husband and he, to prevent consummation of the invalid marriage rescues her by sending plumbers, waiters, porters, chambermaids, bellhops, desk clerks, exterminators and, finally, a crowd of roistering conventioneers to the suite to ensure no bedtime story would take place there.Written by
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[last lines, at the end of the play's premiere]
It's a smash hit, Eddie -- it'll run five years!
Ladies and gentlemen! This will have the shortest run of any of Mr. Drake's plays...
[gasps from audience]
No, no, no. Five years!
It will be closed in the early spring by an act of God. And I'm sure Mr. Drake hopes it will be... a boy.
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Fredric March is credible as a great playwright. Loretta Young, whom I love, is somewhat less so as his actress wife. Young was indeed a good actress but I don't quite buy her as the toast of Broadway.
The plot is reminiscent of "The Awful Truth." However, if it's difficult to imagine going from Cary Grant to Ralph Bellamy, imagine going from March to Allyn Joslyn! Young's character does it, though.
The Joslyn character is treated no less shabbily than had been (in many movies) the Bellamy. But there is a touch of hostility in it, or so I felt. He is not presented as gay, exactly. But he is a prissy creep.
Joyce Compton, of "The Awful Truth," turns up, as does Robert Benchley. Benchley isn't given much of a part. Of the supporting players, Eve Arden is given the juiciest role. She is delightful.
Everything is right about the production except for one thing: It seems forced. Chic -- but forced.
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