File size : 698 MB
Duration : 1h 13mn
Color: : B & W
Video Format : MPEG-4 Visual
Codec : Xvid
Bit rate : 1229 Kbps
Width : 512 pixels
Height : 384 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate : 23.976 fps
Audio Format : MPEG Audio
Bit rate : Variable
Channel(s) : 1 channel
Encoding settings : VBR
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029322/
IMDb Rating 7.5/10
William A. Wellman
James H. Street (story)
Ben Hecht (screenplay)
Carole Lombard ... Hazel Flagg
Fredric March ... Wally Cook
Charles Winninger ... Dr. Enoch Downer
Walter Connolly ... Oliver Stone
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
Frank Fay ... Master of Ceremonies
Troy Brown Jr. ... Ernest Walker (as Troy Brown)
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ... Max Levinsky (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
Margaret Hamilton ... Warsaw, Vermont Drugstore Lady
Olin Howland ... Warsaw Vermont Baggage Man
Raymond Scott ... Musical Leader (as Raymond Scott and His Quintet)
To redeem himself after a hoax, reporter Wallace Cook proposes a series of stories on doomed Hazel Flagg. Hazel discovers she really doesn't have radium poisoning, but still accepts the big fling in New York that Cook offers her. At first, she has a great time, but complications arise when she and Wally fall in love, and an Austrian specialist discovers that Hazel is faking.
William Wellman was really a helluva director. Anyone that can do a movie like this, and make "The Ox-Bow Incident" too, must have been born to direct.
Coming in at a breezy 75 minutes, "Nothing Sacred" is still very funny on several levels, for several different reasons. Plot does not matter as much as execution, and how you deliver a line matters more than the line itself.
Frederic March and Carole Lombard are perfect, and the supporting cast is just as good, especially the actor who played 'Oliver Stone', March's frustrated boss.
Wellman does unconventional things like make the actors faces be hidden by a tree branch, practically unheard of in that day and age. But the fact of the matter is, that sometimes people are not perfectly framed in life, so maybe they shouldn't be in the movies - at least not as a rule. The first time you get a good look at Lombard, she has shaving cream on her face from kissing a man who is shaving - also not the normal star-moment you might expect.