A better than average comedy that certainly entertains. Plot is believable and somewhat unusual. Clark Gable returns from Madrid (we are not told what he was doing there nor really what anyone does for a living) in order to propose to Joan Crawford. Clark has secretly loved Joan since they were children but in his absence, Joan has agreed to marry Robert Montgomery who she has loved since they were children. Enter the old flame, Frances Drake, who whisks Montgomery away on the eve of his nuptial leaving Crawford standing at the alter. The marriage does not work and soon Crawford steps out with Montgomery on the side. Gable criticizes and consoles Crawford eventually making plans to return to Spain. Good performances by Crawford (opening shot with cream on her face is in contrast to other stars who preferred glamorous introductions), Montgomery (he really is funny), Gable, Billie Burke (who can do "flustered" any better), Rosalind Russell (does well in one of her early films) and a very droll Charles Butterworth. I never thought Frances Drake was believable as the lower class wife but this can easily be overlooked. Recommended as an evenings good entertainment.
First time I watched this movie I was not impressed. Perhaps I was tired or in a sour mood and was not alert enough to catch the humor of certain situations. Needless to say, the second time around I loved this movie! It's not just the lines that are funny in this rather typical MGM screwball comedy (based on a Tallulah Bankhead play), but the situations the characters find themselves in. This is a movie that demands the viewer actually have a sense of humor. If that is the case, there are plenty of very funny gags running throughout the story.
My favorite part? Gable says to Butterworth: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise," to which Butterworth replies, "Ever take a good look at a milk man?" There is also an amusing sequence where Bob Montgomery must suffer everything from walking miles in the rain to catching fire dressed in a wedding dress! Rosalind Russel can also be seen in a very small supporting role! This film is also recommended for Crawford fans, as she is very beautiful throughout and is very good in both the light comedy and romantic scenes. What a star! Gable is her perfect match, and they shine together on screen as always.
A nice little romantic comedy sure to brighten up your day!
Granted I am a huge Clark Gable fan, I thought this movie was one of the most fun films I had seen in a long time and not just because he's pretty to look at-- the whole cast was great as was the writing. I wish it hadn't been overlooked on AFI's recent top 100 comedies. I felt it was a very humorous, screwy comedy that deserves more recognition.
* The original play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 1 March 1933 and had 110 performance. Tallulah Bankhead played Mary Clay and the cast included Ilka Chase, Barbara O'Neil, Cora Witherspoon, Fred Keating, Anderson Lawler, Harlan Briggs and George Lessey.