TAKES A HOLIDAY (director: Paul
L. Stein; screenwriters: Horace Jackson/story by Dorothy Cairns & Robert Milton;
cinematographer: John Mescall; editor: Daniel Mandell;
Gromon/Josiah Zuro; cast: Constance Bennett (Sylvia
Brenner), Kenneth MacKenna (Gaylord Stanton), Basil
Rathbone (Reginald "Reggie" Durant), Rita La Roy (Grace
Lawrence), Louis John Bartels (Richards), John Roche
(Sheridan), Zasu Pitts (Anna "Annie"); Runtime: 81; MPAA
Rating: NR; producer: E.B. Derr; RKO; 1930)
"A sophisticated set in Manhattan romcom for its time is now, of course, dated."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A sophisticated set in Manhattan romcom for its time is now, of course, dated. Director Paul L. Stein ("Blossom Time"/"Lisbon Story"/"Murder on the Air") can never free it of its stiffness and predictability. It plods along on its amoral liberated plot involving a wealthy socialite divorce lawyer named Gaylord Stanton (Kenneth MacKenna), who offers his working-class secretary Sylvia Brenner (Constance Bennett) a unique business proposition in a pretense marriage so he can continue seeing the three time divorcee socialite Grace Lawrence (Rita La Roy) without being forced into marrying her. The fake marriage does not include sexual favors and is set to last for a year. Sylvia takes a luxury boat ride to Paris and meets on board hubby's inner circle socialite friend Reggie (Basil Rathbone). He chases after her during her Paris stay and teaches her how to dress like a socialite and she becomes the toast of Paris's cultural elites, and the avowed bachelor proposes marriage. But she thinks she still loves Gaylord and returns to Manhattan to see if he can return the love. If not, she's prepared to marry the wealthy bachelor Reggie.
The ahead of its time sitcom story
is written by Dorothy Cairns & Robert Milton, while
the screenplay is written by Horace Jackson.
The acting is fine, but the
characters depicted appear as flippant twits and don't
deserve our sympathy and the comedy derived from such
plot machinations can't be gained from such a contrived
REVIEWED ON 6/15/2012 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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