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In Person (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 November 1935 (USA)
Carol Corliss, a beautiful movie star so insecure about her celebrity that she goes around in disguise, meets a rugged outdoorsman who is unaffected by her star status.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Samuel Hopkins Adams (novel), Allan Scott (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Carol Corliss, aka Clara Colfax
George Brent ... Emory Muir
Alan Mowbray ... Jay Holmes
Grant Mitchell ... Judge Thaddeus Parks
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Aaron Sylvester
Joan Breslau ... Minna Twing
Louis Mason ... Sheriff Twing
Spencer Charters ... Parson Calverton Lunk
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Storyline

Noted psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Sylvester has Hollywood star Carol Corliss as a patient. The beautiful blonde has developed such a phobia toward the large crowds of her adoring fans that she goes around disguised as a buck-toothed, horn-rimmed, homely brunette or wears a veil over her face to mask her identity. The doctor prescribes a vacation to a mountain lake cabin as part of her cure and asks young outdoorsman Emory Muir to accompany her and act as therapist. Muir is not impressed by celebrity, especially hers, and seems more interested in sport fishing and photography. Even when Carol metamorphosizes from her ugly duckling persona back to Hollywood princess, he remains unimpressed. To complicate matters, Carol's frequent movie co-star, ham actor Jay Holmes, has arrived on the scene to profess his love to her. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Singing...dancing...romancing in a heart-teasing moon-time adventure of a movie star in love with herself...and a man See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tamed See more »

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Budget:

$493,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Carol Corliss is speaking to her director, she calls him "Bill." Bill-the-director is portrayed by the film's real director, William A. Seiter. See more »

Goofs

When Emory arrives at the shotgun wedding ceremony, he has a white handkerchief in his right backside pocket. The handkerchief then disappears, reappears, disappears and reappears again when the scene goes through the various edits. See more »

Quotes

Jay Holmes: You needn't try your bad acting on me.
Carol Corliss, aka Clara Colfax: Bad acting? Bad acting? So, I'm a bad actress, am I?
Jay Holmes: For the first time in your life, you're right.
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Soundtracks

Got a New Lease on Life
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung and Danced by Ginger Rogers
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Curiously flat comedy has a silly script but is still fun to watch...
8 April 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

In spite of everything that's wrong with IN PERSON, I stayed with it till the end, enjoying whatever chemistry there was between GINGER ROGERS and GEORGE BRENT in a very lightweight comedy that suffers from heavy handling and a contrived script. The story has about three places where the ending was in sight and then more material was added to draw out further plot complications. You'll see what I mean if you watch the movie.

Rogers plays a pampered movie star who takes a swift trip to the country to get away from it all, with the help of GEORGE BRENT, who at first thinks she's the plain Jane girl he bumps into in a city elevator. She's wearing a ridiculous disguise and a hat with a veil that completely covers her face. Underneath the veil we discover she's wearing a buck teeth disguise with a black wig and glasses. The plot has her doctors advising her to wear a disguise if she's afraid of being mobbed by fans. Naturally, once she takes off her disguise it's only a matter of time before Brent will be attracted to her.

The screwball elements get even sillier as the plot thickens and the material wears thin long before the film is over.

Worthwhile only for Ginger's fans, who at least get to see her sing and dance in a couple of sequences--although none of the musical moments compare to anything she did with Astaire. In fact, they're staged rather clumsily and the songs are hardly what you'd call memorable. As a compensation, George Brent is a bit livelier than usual in a romantic comedy role.

Summing up: A misfire of a screwball comedy with poor Alan Mobray getting the worst of the deal.


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