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Glamorous and efficient Helen Murphy runs a service that will provide any type of assistance to wealthy customers, but what she's really looking for is a man who can take care of himself. Rugged Robert Wade, an inventor in town to secure funding for his new model tractor, wants to meet a woman who won't try to run his life. Despite being made for each other, Helen and Bob go through the usual complications of a film like this before ending up together in the final reel.Written by
It's the same old romantic formula...but handled quite .
Most romantic movies have a very basic formula...boy meets girl...couple start to fall in love...there is a misunderstanding that threatens to break them up...this is resolved and they live happily ever after. In essence, this is what you get in "Service de Luxe"...a typical formula though HOW you do through each of these steps is what makes this film a bit unique.
Helen Murphy (Constance Bennett) and her friend, Pearl (Helen Broderick) own a business called 'Dorothy Madison Service'. It's a company that solves problems and hires folks, as needed, for helpless rich folks who can't seem to do these things for themselves. The clients love her. However, when Robert (Vincent Price) is contracted with Dorothy Madison, he HATES this. He's a very self-reliant guy and wants to take care of details himself! What he doesn't realize is that his new girlfriend is Helen...of Dorothy Madison fame! She doesn't tell him, either, as she likes him...perhaps loves him and his independent ways. After all, she spends her life taking care of people and the idea of a man she does NOT need to take care of is very exciting.
In the meantime, Audrey Robinson, the daughter of a rich man who uses Dorothy Madison Service, has fallen for Robert...though he has no interest in her at all. One day, he's working and is completely distracted with his project...as Audrey blathers and essentially proposes to him. Without his realizing it, suddenly he's engaged to Audrey even though he loves Helen.
So, how will Robert get rid of Audrey? And, how will Helen get him to marry her even after he finds out who she is?
Overall, this is a very nice romance...enjoyable, clever and with likable character. The only thing working against it is that over time Vincent Price became typecast and seeing him in his first Hollywood film playing an inventor that has made an improved tractor seems odd given Price's screen persona. He just doesn't seem like the farm and tractor sort!
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