Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Alternate title: The Greeks Had A Word For Them
USA, 1932. The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Feature Productions. Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on the play The Greeks Had A Word For It by Zoe Akins. Cinematography by George Barnes. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Richard Day. Costume Design by Coco Chanel. Film Editing by Stuart Heisler.
Delightful precursor to How To Marry A Millionaire in which the comedy isn’t as light and the girls are a hell of a lot cattier. Joan Blondell and Madge Evans are thrilled when their old pal Ina Claire comes roaring back into town, the three of them planning to get rich quick by landing millionaire husbands. It isn’t long, however, before Claire is scheming to make it to the finish line by double-crossing the other two and getting in the way of genuine romance between Evans and a handsome suitor. It’s a creaky old thing that is dated, hopefully, given that they need husbands to get in the way of poverty and their status as “fallen” women (the play’s hinting at their status as courtesans is apparently not as subtle); at the same time it is still quite funny given that human vulnerabilities have not changed quite enough to say that any of its machinations are all that unrecognizable, plus the three ladies have timing to spare and the men are all such hopeless marks.