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This is one of those typical depression era films where the characters say they want to marry for money instead of love.
Carole Lombard does a wonderful job playing the role, though I'm not sure if she comes off as witty as she did in "My Man Godrey" or "To Be Or Not To Be" But her charm is clear throughout. I'm tempted to wonder how Joan Blondell would have taken on the role. Though I don't think Blondell made the impact Lombard did.
In the film Lombard plays Regi Allen a manicurist looking to fall in love with a millionair. So she goes on about her work daydreaming of the day her man will come.
That man is played by Fred MacMurray. He is one of those rich people who acts anything but rich. He has no snobbish attitude and wants to lead a carefree life.
But the film doesn't end there. Just to stir things up we have Ralph Bellamy as Allen Macklyn. A millionair who makes his feelings towards Regi known.
The movie was directed by Mitchell Leisen (To Each His Own, and The Big Broadcast of 1938,Bob Hope's first film) and it carries a very suggestive tone. A lot of things are hinted. Two characters live together out of wedlock. You may be thinking so what? But, this was 1935, such things were just not shown onscreen.
Bottom-line: Charming 1930s comedies. Lombard and MacMurray have lots of chemistry and offer plenty of laughs. Fans of old-fashioned comedies will enjoy it.
The strength of the film is without question Carole Lombard. My personal opinion has long been that she was simply the finest screen comedienne that Hollywood ever produced. Remove her from this film, and it would have been decidedly second rate.
The most fascinating scene in the movie occurs when Fred MacMurray and Carole Lombard are in her apartment when a gentleman who has a date with her knocks on the door. MacMurray, pretending to be her husband, answers the door. The part of the gentleman caller is played by none other than William Demarest, who would, of course, later costar with Fred MacMurray in MY THREE SONS, playing Uncle Charlie. To make the story complete, a year after HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE came out, MacMurray and Lombard would make a second film together, the less successful THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS. One of MacMurray's costars is William Frawley, who was Demarest's predecessor on MY THREE SONS.
I found the Ralph Bellamy character to be highly problematic. A rich man confined to a wheelchair who is clearly in love with Lombard, he goes from trying to propose to her one minute to encouraging Fred MacMurray to propose to her (and being delighted at their engagement) the next.Read more ›
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A light romantic comedy in Black & White with Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray. Carole is a manicurist looking to become a wife. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Big Bill
Carole Lombard is fabulous & beautiful in this 1934 Paramount Pictures love story co-starring Fred MacMurray. Read morePublished on March 21 2003 by forrie
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