Although "Hands Across the Table" doesn't take the broad strokes other 1930s comedies may have taken it prove to be entertaining nonetheless.
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.