True wit meets marital grit in this timeless Noel Coward comedy about two bon vivants who can't live without -- or with -- each other. Having barely survived the warefare of their wedlock, Amanda (Norma Shearer) and Elyot (Robert Montgomery) decide the play it safe, choosing dull mates to marry the second time around. But pedestrian is no match for passion, especially when mixed with proximity -- as in adjourning honeymoon suites! Off they go, leaving stunned new spouses to console each other. But it isn't lomg until the brawls begin again. Montgomery was never more suave and Shearer never more slinky than in this pinnacle of the sophisticated comedy. A true classic regularly produced on stages everywhere, this was Coward's personal favorite of all his plays.
"Your hair is like a field of silver daisies," a rhapsodic suitor tells Tinseltown megastar Lola Burns. "I'd like to run barefoot through your hair." In her signature comedy, Jean Harlow shimmers and smolders as Lola, whose life is a dizzy whirlpool of studio expectations, adoring fans, familial leeches and most of all, a firecracker of a freewheeling press agent (Lee Tracy) who'd do handsprings through a minefield if it would keep Lola's name in the tabloids. But Lola is ready to provide a final headline herself. She's quitting the biz. Leaving. Abandoning the sham and the glam for the pitter-patter of tiny feet. Can Hollywood -- and a certain P.R. flack -- prevent it? Under the assured yet nimble direction of Victor Fleming (Red Dust), explosive laughter is in store with the comedy Bombshell.
Another of William Haines' sports-oriented vehicles, Spring Fever casts the star as lowly shipping clerk Jack Kelly. Falling in love with heiress Allie Monte (a young Joan Crawford), Jack bluffs his way into Allie's country club, posing as a champion golfer. By the time he realizes that Allie loves him for himself, Jack is inextricably committed to representing the club at a $10,000 golf tournament. Based on a play by Vincent Lawrence, Spring Fever proved beneficial not only to the ascending stardom of Bill Haines, but also to the burgeoning career of Joan Crawford. The film was remade and slightly musicalized in 1930 as Love in the Rough. (Silent-Film)
"Lon Chaney is superb" (Leonard Maltin) as the hard-boiled sergeant with a heart of gold in this two-fisted tale of Marine Corps life, costarring William Haines and Eleanor Boardman. When Skeet Burns (Haines) joins the U.S. Marines, he winds up under Sergeant O'Hara (Chaney), the toughest leatherneck in the Corps., and both men fall for Navy nurse Norma Dale (Boardman). When they're stationed in the Philippines, Skeet's dalliance with a native girl (Carmel Myers) tips the scale in O'Hara's favor. Reassigned to China, the two must put their differences aside when they're ordered to Hangchow to rescue Norma and the nurses from a bandit leader (Warner Oland), whose gang has invaded the city. The first film made with the full cooperation of the Corps, Tell It to the Marines was Chaney's highest-grossing picture at MGM. His performance earned him the title of Honorary Marine, the first actor to receive it.
In this entry to the popular Hardy series, Andy proposes marriage to two women and faces quite a dilemma when both accept. Hardy is excited to be a new college student, but he finds trouble when he lets romance get in the way of his studies. Oscar-honoree and Golden Globe-winner Mickey Rooney ("National Velvet") continues his role as the lovable Hardy. Golden Globe-winner Esther Williams ("A Guy Named Joe") and Oscar-nominee Lewis Stone ("Angels in the Outfield") co-star in this enjoyable comedy.
Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try to save Judy's farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.
In his amusing installment of the Hardy series, Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce case, while Andy dates the couple's daughter. Oscar-honoree Mickey Rooney ("Breakfast at Tiffany's") continues the role of the lovable Andy. Oscar and Golden Globe-winner and Emmy-nominee Donna Reed (TV's "The Donna Reed Show") co-stars with Oscar-nominee Lewis Stone ("The Patriot").
Raymond Dabney has just met the woman of his dreams. How does he arrange to get close to her? Become her butler! That's the long-story-very-short of this convoluted (but worth it) tale of mixups and mirth. Rising romantic lead Robert Taylor portrays Raymond, co-starring opposite platinum bombshell Jean Harlow. The sparks fly, the romance glows, yet the two luminous stars would not team again: Harlow tragically died three months after this clever comedy's release. W.S. Van Dyke II (Manhattan Melodrama, The Thin Man) directs, exploiting dramatic and cinematic possibilities to open up a tale previously filmed as The Man in Possession with Robert Montgomery and Charlotte Greenwood.
A hilarious, must-see smash starring the always outrageous Rob Schneider in his funniest role yet. A professional fish tank cleaner, Deuce (Schneider) finds himself in desperate need of cash to quickly repair the damage he's done to a client's luxurious Malibu apartment. Then the fun really takes off when Deuce decides the only way out of this jam is to switch to the world's oldest profession -- and offer his services to ladies everywhere as a lover for hire! A wild and raunchy comedy that always aims to please -- you won't be able to resist this sidesplitting laugh riot.
"Clowning, kissing, kidding, cavorting" -- words not normally used to advertise the celluloid pairings of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, but clearly studio publicity was giddy at the thought of good girl Greer stepping out of her comfort zone and onto the naughty side in Julia Misbehaves. Dancehall girl Julia Packett (Greer Garson) has not seen her daughter since shortly after her birth, forced to separate from the upper class husband (Walter Pidgeon) by the snobby clan he calls family. Depending on her beauty, wiles and the kindness of a variety of gentlemen, she is startled to receive a wedding invitation in the post. An invite from the same daughter, Susan (Elizabeth Taylor), she has not seen in 20 years. It's off to France, where, to secure her daughter's happiness (and maybe her own) Julia will once again shock her staid in-laws.
Young Andy develops a crush on his drama teacher. When his play is chosen as the school's annual production, Andy seizes the opportunity to spend as much time as possible with his pretty teacher. Meanwhile, Judge Hardy has his own problems when he gets conned into forming a phony aluminum corporation.
Look who's rubbing elbows with the New York upper crust. It's sometime showgirl and carny sideshow attraction Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern, playing the brassy screen heroine for the fourth time), earning her daily bread as a maid at the posh Rawlston estate on Long Island. There, she finds that the Rawlston patriarch is a neglectful and absentee parent, the fragile daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) is engaged to a fortune hunter, and the son (Lew Ayres) is an indulgent layabout (but he is kind of handsome). Maisie may be out of her milieu at the Rawlston manor, but she is in her element when it comes to confronting the shams, pretensions and wrongs she finds there. C. Aubrey Smith joins the fun as the ever-dutiful Rawlston butler. Later during the same year of Maisie Was a Lady's release, Sothern, O'Sullivan and Ayres reunited for a radio version.
The legendary Jean Harlow delivers a star-making performance in this provocative pre-Hayes Code comedy as a charming gold digger who sleeps her way to fortune. Secretary Lillian Andrews sets her sights on her boss, eventually luring him away from his happy marriage to his childhood sweetheart. But instead of making a big splash in society, she is rejected. After casting her attention on a coal king, Lillian realizes that she loves her French chauffeur (Charles Boyer). The film is often cited as one of the motion pictures that brought about more stringent censorship.
Oscar-honoree Myrna Loy and her "Thin Man" co-star Oscar-nominee William Powell star in this wacky romantic comedy about a dress designer who tries to break her sister's engagement to a free-living artist, only to discover the lout is falling for her instead.
Ace newsreel cameramen Chris Hunter (Clark Gable) and Bill Dennis (Walter Pidgeon) cover the globe, cracking wise and trying to scoop each other on the biggest stories in the hottest hot spots. But they're rivals in more than work. They both love a fearless aviatrix (Myrna Loy) who may be Too Hot to Handle. Five months after ticket sales for their Test Pilot zoomed into the wild blue yonder, Hollywood King and Queen (chosen in a nationwide poll) Gable and Loy reigned in this half-screwball, half-adventure classic. The charisma is irresistible. The story races from China to New York to South American jungles. And the only thing faster than the action is that breathless, snappy, smart '30s dialogue. Fasten your seatbelt!
Stephen Ashe is a hotshot California lawyer from a well-to-do family. When he wins a case for mobster Ace Wilfong, he invites Wilfong to a party being thrown at his parents' house to celebrate. At the party, Wilfong meets Stephen's daughter, Jan, and they run off together. Stephen attempts to lure his wild daughter away from her criminal boyfriend, but she fights him at every turn. Lionel Barrymore ("Key Largo," "You Can't Take It With You") won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Ashe. Others in the stellar cast include Academy Award-winner Clark Gable ("Gone With the Wind," "It Happened One Night") as Ace Wilfong, and Academy Award-winner Norma Shearer ("The Women, "The Divorcee") as Jan.
Factory girl Marian Martin has two ways out of poverty: brains and beauty. But it's 1928, and brains don't help a girl much…unless she uses them to promote her other asset. So in no time Marian's living on Park Avenue, draped in designer gowns, dripping in jewels, and cuddled up with a man who isn't her husband.
Joan Crawford plays the lollipop and Clark Gable plays the sucker she lands – and eventually comes to love – in this pre-Code scorcher that expertly mixes greed, ambition, politics and sex into a frank portrait of a world where men have power and women have a sell-by date stamped on their flesh. Share the glamour and the heartache as Marian discovers that to possess the things she wants, she must be Possessed.