One Hour With You (1932)

ERNST LUBITSCH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1932.  .  Screenplay by , based on the play Only A Dream by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1931/1932.

One of the best examples of Ernst Lubitsch’s contributions to early musicals.  is at her most ravishingly defiant as a happily married woman who is most satisfyingly paired with Maurice Chevalier.  A movie that begins with a happy ending is not going to stay that way, so when her best friend () announces a visit from out of town, she is thrilled, and her husband even more so when he sees the lovely lady. They keep their attraction barely above a heavy flirtation, but Tobin’s husband (Roland Young) gets the wrong idea and puts a divorce in motion, while MacDonald remains oblivious at the same time that she also entertains the attentions of a paramour of her own. Released just breaths before the Hays Code would destroy this kind of sparkling worldliness, the film is a sexy, sassy romp that packs a lot of heat in to 80 short minutes, a treat for the senses (Lubitsch, as always, really knew how to make the silver screen actually silver) and a delight in all other ways. The risqué dialogue (‘s male servant wants to see him in tights!) never crosses the line of taste, and the cast has wonderful chemistry.

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