Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Forsaking All Others (1934).

Forsaking All Others (1934). Director: W.S. Van Dyke. Cast: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Robert Montgomery. Screenplay was written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, which was based upon a 1933 play by Edward Barry Roberts and Frank Morgan Cavett. Forsaking All Others is the sixth of eight movies between Crawford and Gable.

Mary Clay, is about to marry Dillon Todd, who she has known since childhood. That same day, Jeff Williams, another childhood friend, returns from Spain and is also looking forward to proposing to Mary. When Jeff learns that Mary and Dill, are about to marry he decides it is best to keep his feelings to himself and agrees to give the bride away. He orders cornflowers for Mary, knowing that they are her favorite flowers.

The night before the wedding, Dill runs off and marries Connie Barnes, a woman he met in Europe a couple of months before.

Mary with her aunt Paula decide to spend some time in the country and when Jeff and their friend Shep visit, she says she is completely cured.

Soon Dill, realizes his mistake, begs to see Mary again. Jeff warns Mary not to get involved with a married man, but she agrees to see Dill.

While riding in the country, their car breaks down, during a rainstorm and they find shelter in Paula's country home where Dill builds a fire to keep warm.

Dillon 'Dill': I could make a fire by rubbing two boy scouts together.

What will Mary Clay give into his charms?

Another wonderful pairing of Crawford and Gable, in a romantic triangle which seems to become the norm for most of Crawford's films from the 1930's. I also love the one liners that are sprinkled throughout the film. It was also fun to see an early performance by Rosalind Russell.

Frances Drake, was performing as a nightclub dancer in London when she made her first film performance under her birth name of Frances Dean, including Meet My Sister (1933) and The Jewel (1933).

Returning to America in 1934, she began coaching with opera singer and actress Marguerite Namara.

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