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God's Gift to Women (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 13 April 1931 (USA)
A Parisian descendant of Don Juan vows to stop philandering in order to win the hand of a virtous young lady with a disapproving father.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Joseph Jackson (screenplay & dialogue), Raymond Griffith (screenplay & dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Fay ... Toto Duryea
Laura La Plante ... Diane Churchill
Joan Blondell ... Fifi
Charles Winninger ... John Churchill
Alan Mowbray ... Auguste - Toto's Butler
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Dr. Louis Dumont
Billy House ... Mons. Cesare
Yola d'Avril ... Dagmar
John T. Murray ... Mons. Chaumier, an Irate Husband
Louise Brooks ... Florine
Margaret Livingston ... Tania Donaliff
Armand Kaliz ... Mons. Rancour
Charles Judels ... Undertaker
Tyrell Davis ... Basil, called 'Pompom' (as Tyrrell Davis)
Eleanor Gutöhrlein Eleanor Gutöhrlein ... Maybelle - Party Girl (as Sisters 'G')
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Storyline

Contemporary Casanova Toto loves beautiful women and pursues them shamelessly. Then he falls in love with respectable Mary and realizes that to win her he must stop his philandering. But Mary has little confidence in Toto's resolve and concocts a plan of her own. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil Was Sick See more »

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Budget:

$220,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Vitaphone

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is interesting to note that in one scene the characters played by Billy House and Tyrell Davis are discussing Toto's mental state while using a "pissoir", or public urinal, on a street in Paris. At the time of this film the city had over 1,200 such structures. See more »

Goofs

When Toto ushers Mr. Churchill out of a room to show him around, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible to the left of the door. See more »

Quotes

Fifi: There, now be quiet, dear and I'll be back in a jiffy.
Toto Duryea: Be back in a what?
Fifi: In a jiffy!
Toto Duryea: She's coming back in a jiffy, oh...
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bedroom farce, strained to shreds
28 May 2015 | by mukava991See all my reviews

In this painfully drawn out bedroom farce, set in Paris, Frank Fay is miscast as the titular love object, a descendant of Don Juan, who is smitten with a young American in Paris (Laura LaPlante) but in order to win her must extricate himself from the tangled web of his long- term intrigues with a virtual harem of lovers (played by Joan Blondell, Margaret Livingston, a sadly underused Louise Brooks and others).

The set up is amusing and deftly staged by Michael Curtiz, but once the direction of the plot becomes clear it bogs down in long, boring and insultingly stupid gag sequences, one upon another, involving Fay's diagnosis with a potentially fatal illness; eventually the viewer can only long for this character's demise.

The fine lineup of female supporting players is wasted as are Charles Winninger as LaPlante's suspicious and protective father and Alan Mowbray as (what else?) the butler. Tyrrell Davis gets to wrap the whole thing up with a decadent chuckle, foreshadowing his even more unusual closing moment in "Our Betters" two years later.

Frank Fay's trademark casual banter works against him here because it only adds to the already sluggish pace.


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