Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1935. Paramount Pictures. Story by Don Hartman, Sam Mintz, Screenplay by Don Hartman. Cinematography by Gilbert Warrenton. Produced by William LeBaron. Music by Friedrich Hollaender. Production Design by Hans Dreier, Robert Odell. Film Editing by Richard C. Currier.
Your grandparents’ favourite comedy team in one of their cutest films. A Manhattan millionaire decides to give all his assets over to his featherbrained daughter (Gracie Allen) when he suspects that his other daughter’s beau is a fortune hunter. He instructs Gracie to convince the world that they’re broke, and she takes him so seriously that she really tries to impoverish the family. Cutting up her expensive clothing (even the butler’s suit) and allowing teems of vaudevillian actors to move in and eat them out of house and home, Gracie exasperates her sister and their long-suffering business manager (George Burns) until they don’t know what to do. Meanwhile, when the sister’s beau finds out about their situation, he decides his true heart’s feelings reside in her bosom no longer, and goes after Gracie. It’s silly fluff, hardly an hour long, but it’s fun and distracting, and Allen’s rendition of Romeo And Juliet is a scream.