We’re Not Dressing (1934)

NORMAN TAUROG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  

USA, 1934.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , , , based on stories by  and the play The Admirable Crichton by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Imagine Lina Wertmuller’s Swept Away as a thirties musical-comedy and you have this embarrassingly dated but sometimes enjoyable comedy.   is lovely as a wealthy heiress whose expensive yacht is sunk by an idiot uncle, stranding her and her snobby friends on a deserted island. Now the sailor () who has been treated like a slave finally has the upper hand as the only member of the surviving landing party who can deal with life in the great outdoors, but the fancy city slickers refuse to let him lead their new life of thatched huts and fresh seafood. Meanwhile, Lombard is finding it increasingly difficult to hide her lovey-dovey feelings for Crosby, particularly every time he sings another moony song and makes her icy personality melt. The best parts are the appearance of  and  as (what else!) a frustrated scientist and his daffy wife who just happen to be doing research on the same island that the stars are stranded on. The sets are so obviously fake that even Gilligan’s Island looks like a documentary by comparison, and the screenplay is complete idiocy (not to mention most of the performances, particularly Crosby), but fans of the stars will be delighted by this trip down B-memory lane.

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