Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hands Across the Table (Mitchell Leisen, 1935)

***½
USA




With characteristic pluck Carole Lombard takes on a role that Ginger Rogers would annex for the remainder of the decade: the hardboiled working gal looking to seduce a bankroll only to fall in love against her better judgment. Ralph Bellamy (of course!) is the better judgment and Fred MacMurray, working overtime to pass for quirky and accidentally dashing, is true love. It's second-tier screwball and awkwardly paced, but where future king of women's weepies Mitchell Leisen struggles to deliver on spark, he compensates with a tender, melancholy Depression-era edge. Reportedly he had Ernst Lubitsch mentor him on this one.

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At 2:46 PM , Blogger VP81955 said...

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