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Man of the Moment (1935)

Approved | | Comedy | September 1935 (UK)
Mary, who is infatuated with her boss, discovers that he is having an affair with one of her coworkers. Despondent, she leaves work and overhearing news of a suicide, impulsively decides to... See full summary »

Director:

Monty Banks

Writers:

Yves Mirande (adapted from the story: "Water Nymph" by), Guy Bolton (adapted by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Tony (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
Laura La Plante ... Mary
Claude Hulbert ... Rufus
Margaret Lockwood ... Vera
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Mr. Barton
Donald Calthrop ... Godfrey
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Mr. Rumcorn
Eve Gray Eve Gray ... Miss Madden
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Landlady
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Jason Randall
Patrick Ludlow Patrick Ludlow ... Roulette Player
Martita Hunt ... Roulette Player
Tony Hankey Tony Hankey ... Party Guest
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Mary, who is infatuated with her boss, discovers that he is having an affair with one of her coworkers. Despondent, she leaves work and overhearing news of a suicide, impulsively decides to drown herself in the river. She turns out to be an incompetent suicide, however, and while splashing about in the water, an apparently wealthy and dashing figure, Tony, drives up in his sports car and jumps in to save her. He takes her home to get her dry and to keep her from hurting herself--but his wealthy fiancee arrives and she assumes the worst and breaks off their engagement. Tony then reveals to Mary that he's broke, with only 300 pounds to his name. Now--each despondent--they both begin to talk of doing themselves in when tickets for Monte Carlo, which was to be his honeymoon destination, arrive. In a sudden bit of screwball inspiration, they decide to go to Monte Carlo and bet their little stake on an all or nothing bid to build a fortune for themselves. Its either win, or they both jump ... Written by Thomas Muther, Jr (twm-2)

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

September 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sublime Pecado See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film had its U. S. television premiere on Turner Classic Movies on 17 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »

Soundtracks

Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung a cappella by Charles Hawtrey with modified lyrics
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Charming bit of British screwball
28 September 2007 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

A lot of the recent TCM rediscoveries (and U.S. premieres!) of Warners' British productions from the 1930's are turning out to be quite good movies and not the cheap, reviled "quota quickies" of legend. This is one of them, a charming British foray into the screwball genre with some of the same sexual cheekiness American productions of the so-called "pre-Code" era (1930-34): the heroine spends a good chunk of the film in male drag and the bridal suite actually has a double bed. It's quite a bit slower than a U.S. version of the same story would have been, Margaret Lockwood's crying jags get tiresome (she'd go on to be a major British star and is best known as the female lead in Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes") and some musical underscoring would have helped, but on the whole this is a clever and amusing film. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who in his American films in the period was sometimes cast in roles that were beyond his acting skills, is perfectly cast here and delivers a memorable comic performance, and after seeing (and being unimpressed by) some of Laura LaPlante's late silent and early talkie performances at Universal, I was pleasantly surprised by her work here and disappointed only by her utter lack of a British accent. (I kept expecting to hear a bit of dialogue explaining that she was an American stranded in Britain and forced to take a secretarial job there to survive.) Let's hope the other 27 surviving Teddington productions get shown here soon!


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