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Grand Slam (1933)

Passed | | Comedy | 18 March 1933 (USA)
Because the Stanislavsky method of playing bridge has no rules, it promotes marital harmony for those who stick with it.

Directors:

William Dieterle, Alfred E. Green (uncredited)

Writers:

Erwin S. Gelsey (screenplay) (as Erwin Gelsey), David Boehm (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Lukas ... Peter Stanislavsky
Loretta Young ... Marcia Stanislavsky
Frank McHugh ... Philip 'Speed' McCann
Glenda Farrell ... Blondie
Helen Vinson ... Lola Starr
Roscoe Karns ... Contest Radio Announcer
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Cedric Van Dorn
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Storyline

After waiter and would-be novelist Peter Stanislavsky marries Marcia, he learns to play bridge to satisfy his wife, despite feeling that it is a childish game. Her friends all play the game avidly, but argue often about the proper play. He's called one evening to serve as a waiter at a bridge party given by Lola Starr, but is asked to be a fourth for one of the bridge tables, where eminent bridge expert Cedric Van Dorn is seated. Peter trounces the expert, and when asked what method he uses to play, he jokingly says the "Stanislavsky method," which has no rules of bidding or play. It makes headlines; Speed McCann ghostwrites a best-selling book for him; a national tour is set up with Marcia as his partner; and his method sweeps the country. But slowly Peter begins to question Marcia's play, leading to arguments because it is a violation of the only rule in his system. And when he gives private lessons to Lola, Marcia leaves him thinking there is something between them. With his ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il giocatore See more »

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Budget:

$164,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film uses the actual cover of the November 8, 1932 (no. 2572) edition of Life magazine. At the time, the publication was a humor magazine, like Punch in the UK, with limited circulation. See more »

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In the newspaper article about Peter beating Van Dorn, the second paragraph of the story is unrelated gibberish. See more »

Quotes

Marcia Stanislavsky: Darling, I'm sorry, I love you just the way you are.
Peter Stanislavsky: Oh, I don't know, I think maybe it is better for you, oh, a waiter, I'll probably always be a waiter.
Marcia Stanislavsky: Don't say that. Smile. Come on, smile for the pretty lady. Ha-ha-ha. Hold me, Peter. Tight. Tighter. Mmmm.
Peter Stanislavsky: When you are like this,
Marcia Stanislavsky: You're marvelous.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits begin with bridge being played in the background. Then, close ups of cards are shown with a picture of one of the actor, his name, and the role he plays in the movie. See more »

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Hopak
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Traditional Ukrainian folk tune
Played at the restaurant and at the wedding reception
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Light, clever, a tad different. Enjoyed this very much!!
27 July 2004 | by jmerrick6174See all my reviews

I like the oldies, usually, and this one did not disappoint.

I thought it was wittily presented, taking the upper-middle class game of bridge and making it the national obsession across all classes. And it was a nice touch that the Russian hero/waiter/writer/bridge expert did not try to present himself as a Czarist aristocrat.

Loretta Young was her gorgeous, likable self; Paul Lukacs was a revelation to me (so handsome, so youngish); and the rest of the cast were the usual great 1930's supporters.

One of its virtues was its length. Movies today are too long, especially comedies where the humorous premise gets overworked. This little bit of froth was just right!


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