Friday, July 2, 2010

Stepping Out (1936).

Stepping Out(1936). Cast: Charlotte Greenwood, Reginald Denny, Leila Hyams (pictured above).

Eve Martin and her husband Tom have been married for two years. Eve's close friend Sally Smith is married to Tom's pal Tubby, who talks Tom to play around behind their wives' backs. They pretend to be filmmakers and "audition" two young women and they soon begin an affair.

Meanwhile, Sally suggests that she and Eve, travel to Mexico for awhile hoping to make their husbands miss and appreciate them more. As soon as Eve and Sally leave for Mexico, Tom and Tubby continue their affairs.

Tom's lawyer, drops by and tells the men that the contract they signed to make a motion picture has gone passed their budget. Tom and Tubby sign over all their stocks, bonds and checking accounts, to their wives hoping that Eve and Sally will not learn of the transfer.

Unfortunately, the wives return unexpectedly and find the papers that their husbands recently signed. On their way out, the wives see Tubby in the pool with Bubbles and Cleo waiting for Tom in one of their rooms.

Eve and Sally, clean out their husbands bank accounts, leaving them broke.

In Mexico, Eve and Sally have a wonderful time spending their husbands money. You have to watch to see what happens next.

I just saw this movie for the first time on TCM.. I was really curious to see Charlotte Greenwood's performance, which reminded me a little of Olive Oyl. It was also the first time I saw Leila Hyams, perform. I really do not think I will give this movie a 2nd viewing.

Leila Hyams, made her first film in 1924 and was cast in supporting roles, where all she had to do was smile and look pretty.

She proved herself to be a talented actress overtime and was assigned better parts.

By 1928 she was achieving success in MGM's first talkie release, Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928).

The following year she performed in the murder mystery The Thirteenth Chair (1929).

The quality of her parts continued to improve as in the movie, The Big House(1930).

She also performed in Surrender (1931). Leila Hyams is best remembered for two early 1930's horror movies, Freaks (1932), and in the film, Island of Lost Souls (1933).

She also performed in the film, Red-Headed Woman (1932), The Big Broadcast (1932), Red Gap (1935).


This clip is from the movie, Red Gap (1935). Cast: Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles and Zasu Pitts.


  1. Never seen this one, Dawn. I do remember Hyams from Freaks, though. Like that the women got revenge on their cheating husbands--another Pre-Code film to check out.

  2. Kim, Thank you ...I will check out the movie, Freaks.


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