|LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (director: Walter Lang; screenwriter: based on the novel Spinster Dinner by Faith Baldwin/Herbert Fields/Gertrude Purcell; cinematographer: Ted Tetzlaff; editor: Maurice E. Wright; music: Franz Waxman; cast: Carole Lombard (Kay Colby), Preston Foster (Scott Miller), Cesar Romero (Bill Wadsworth), Janet Beecher (Mrs. Colby), Betty Lawford (Countess Campanella), Forrester Harvey (Chief Steward), Douglas Blackley (College Boy), Joyce Compton (Mary Lee); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edmund Grainger; Universal; 1936)|
|"It's worth seeing only because
Lombard is worth seeing."
by Dennis Schwartz
Lang ("Cheaper by the Dozen"/"Sitting
Pretty"/"Coney Island") directs this genial fluff
romantic comedy. The flimsy plot has the Wall Street
tycoon Cesar Romero and his employee Preston Foster as
suitors of NYC socialite Carole Lombard. The richer
man tries to win the heart of the wealthy and
attractive Lombard by treating her with riches and
gaining her scheming mom's (Janet
Beecher) support. Foster plays even
dirtier by buying an oil company and reassigning his
rival to manage things in the Japan branch
worth seeing only because Lombard is worth seeing. Its
morality lesson is that no woman likes being bullied
into marriage, even by the most eligible bachelor and
such bullying will most likely bring on the reverse
on the novel Spinster Dinner by Faith Baldwin.
Writers Herbert Fields and Gertrude Purcell
keep it bearable but uninteresting.
REVIEWED ON 5/20/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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