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-But the Flesh Is Weak (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 9 April 1932 (USA)
The Clements father and son live by the generosity of rich women. Max, the son, sets his sites on Lady Joan, who is rich, but down-to-earth and charming. At her house he meets Rosine Brown,... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Ivor Novello (play), Ivor Novello (dialogue)
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Max Clement
Nora Gregor ... Mrs. Rosine Brown
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Joan Culver
Edward Everett Horton ... Sir George Kelvin
C. Aubrey Smith ... Florian Clement
Nils Asther ... Prince Paul
Frederick Kerr ... Duke of Hampshire
Eva Moore ... Lady Florence Ridgway
Forrester Harvey ... Gooch
Desmond Roberts ... Findley
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The Clements father and son live by the generosity of rich women. Max, the son, sets his sites on Lady Joan, who is rich, but down-to-earth and charming. At her house he meets Rosine Brown, an Austrian widow involved with a rich man. Instantly infatuated with her, Max pursues Rosine until she relents and agrees to marry him. But the elder Clement loses 4500 pounds gambling and Max decides he must marry Joan to prevent his father's imprisonment. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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IT STARTS OFF WHERE "PRIVATE LIVES" LEFT OFF. (Print Ad- Auckland Star, ((Auckland, NZ)) 5 November 1932)

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Based on the play "The Truth Game" by Ivor Novello which opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., on December 27, 1930 and ran for 107 performances until March 1931. See more »

Quotes

Lady Joan Culver: He's got a terrific reputation as a lover.
Max Clement: How do people get reputations as lovers? Do women tell their friends?
Lady Joan Culver: No, not exactly, but it gets about. If you see a lot of women looking particularly radient, somebody's been around.
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Version of Free and Easy (1941) See more »

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Aside from the blatant promotion of the rape myth and thoroughly unlikable characters, the film is STILL watchable.
25 July 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film has several story elements that simply wouldn't fly today....plus the two male leads are unlikable pond scum. These would make this film a hard sell for most of today's audiences. First the story elements that are now taboo. Robert Montgomery plays a man who falls for a woman instantly and because he KNOWS he must marry her, he pursues her in a manner that clearly would have him arrested for sexual harassment, stalking and possibly rape if he continued in such a fashion! This was all meant to be cute but comes off as creepy today--and it's interesting to see what people thought was okay back in 1932. To make things worse, late in the film, Montgomery slaps his woman caveman style! I am sure N.O.W. would have a few things to say about this. Second, Montgomery and his father (an oddly miscast C. Aubrey Smith) are both leeches who live off rich society women--sort of like man-hos. This is hardly endearing, though once again the writers didn't seem to get this! Talk about creating a hole from which your characters have to extricate themselves!!! Well, somehow, the film is pleasant enough that if you can ignore the huge problems with the characters, it is still a decent time-passer. The writing AT TIMES is decent (particularly the non-stalker dialog) and the film has a few clever moments...though Edward Everett Horton is a bit wasted in the film. It's a glossy MGM production...with multiple problems.


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Language:

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9 April 1932 (USA) See more »

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