I’m a sucker for this movie. I’ve watched it many times and never fail to enjoy the excellent visuals, the superior acting and just the general silliness of it all. Robert Taylor is wearing much too much makeup but looks great anyway, especially in the bathtub scene! Harlow’s cough is real and is a sad reminder of her fatal disease. The hat “business” with the bailiff is truly charming as is Raymond’s reaction to the news that the bailiff is expecting a baby that night. The centerpiece is, of course, the dinner party. The superb timing by all the actors pulls off a series of sight gags (pepper in the cocktail, the over-filled wine glass, the missing dinner, the dressing). I especially like the interaction between Raymond and his mother. It seems so natural. Highly recommended. Review I wrote for Amazon.com.
Behind the scenes:
The director was W.S. van Dyke, known as “one-take Woody” for his fast paced work.
Excellent, truly brilliant article. This is the fourth movie of his I had seen. I am a sucker for it as well. Poor Jean. She was such a bombshell, but so poorly towards the end. Still she performed magnificently.
I thought the Taylor-Harlow chemistry was great. It’s a shame they couldn’t have worked together again.