Double Wedding (1937)

RICHARD THORPE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

USA, 1937. . Screenplay by , based on the play by . Cinematography by . Produced by . Music by . Production Design by , . Costume Design by . Film Editing by .

is proud of the control she exerts over every aspect of her life, running a successful fashion boutique despite the fact that its owner () intended it to be a financial failure for tax purposes.

Loy also keeps tight reins on her sister (), whom she has set up with friendly but passive , and is infuriated when she finds out that a bohemian artist () is wooing her little sibling away from her carefully planned-out future, a free-thinking anti-materialist who lives in a trailer and puts on amateur theatricals that have inspired Rice to pursue a career in acting.

Loy makes her objections known and Powell, who is immediately smitten with her, agrees to stop spending time with her sister if Loy will sit for a portrait that he wants to paint of her, while also encouraging Beal to up his game as an aggressor to get Rice back in love with him again.

It doesn’t crackle with jokes or perfect plot turns like Libeled Lady did, and reportedly production was a difficult affair thanks to the death of Powell’s fiancee Jean Harlow during filming, but the chemistry of the stars overrides its flaws and, as a lesser sibling to films like My Man Godfrey and The Thin Man, it still has plenty to offer.

 

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