EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|NO MORE ORCHIDS (director/writer: Walter Lang; screenwriters: Gertrude Purcell/Keene Thompson/from a novel by Grace Perkins; cinematographer: Joseph August; editor: Jack Dennis; cast: Carole Lombard (Anne Holt), Walter Connolly (Bill Holt), Louise Closser Hale (Gran Holt), Lyle Talbot (Tony Gage), C. Aubrey Smith (Jerome Cedric), Allen Vincent (Dick), Ruthelma Stevens (Rita), Arthur Houseman (Burkhart), Jameson Thomas (Prince Carlos); Runtime: 71; MPAA Rating: NR; Columbia Pictures; 1932)|
|"Routine soaper that
because of Carole Lombard's cheeky performance."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Walter Lang ("Snow White and
Three Stooges"/"Can-Can"/"Desk Set") helms this routine
stands out because of Carole Lombard's cheeky
performance. It's based
on a novel by Grace
Perkins and is written by Gertrude Purcell and Keene
Anne Holt (Carole Lombard) is
spoiled rich brat daughter of a warm-hearted NYC bank
Holt (Walter Connolly),
heiress to a fortune. Returning to New York from a
where she got engaged to Prince Carlos (Jameson
Thomas), Anne meets on the
luxury liner Tony Gage
Talbot). The Mr.
Perfect hunk is a low-level lawyer in a firm that
works for her dad.
Despite a rough start the two predictably fall in
love. Back on land,
Bill meets Tony and approves of him, as does Gran Holt (Louise Closser Hale). She chaperoned her
grand-daughter on her
learns that the bank is going under because he made
bad loans, and his
wealthy overbearing father-in-law, Jerome Cedric (C. Aubrey Smith), the overseer to the family
fortune, is the
only one who can save the bank. But Bill refuses to
ask his help.
Meanwhile the unlikable Cedric tells Anne he arranged
for the marriage
because he wants the family to marry into royalty and
get a title, and
says he'll bail her beloved pop out so he doesn't go
to jail if she
marries the prince, even though she doesn't love him,
disinherit her if she marries the nobody Gage. The
dumps Tony to marry the prince, to the surprise of dad
who only cares
about his daughter's happiness.
long as Lombard is supplied with racy quips,
the pic has juice.
But when the quips die down and the pic goes into a
melodramatic mode and ends with a bittersweet ending,
the pic crashes.
The title is a reference to a
Paramount publicity campaign promoting Lombard's
alleged fondness for
orchids. Here it refers to Lombard giving up her rich
marry the working-class stiff.
REVIEWED ON 10/18/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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