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Today We Live (1933)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 April 1933 (USA)
During WWI, two officers, one a pilot and the other in the navy, compete for the same beautiful young woman.

Directors:

Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson (co-director)

Writers:

William Faulkner (story "Turn About"), Edith Fitzgerald (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Diana
Gary Cooper ... Bogard
Robert Young ... Claude
Franchot Tone ... Ronnie
Roscoe Karns ... McGinnis
Louise Closser Hale ... Applegate
Rollo Lloyd ... Major
Hilda Vaughn ... Eleanor
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Gene O'Brien Gene O'Brien
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Storyline

The two lovers are living together and are not married as they hesitantly explain to her brother. They had made a promise as children to get married when they grew up, but they "didn't wait." It's an important plot point as it drives Cooper's actions when he discovers that Crawford and Young are living in sin. Written by Brian Black

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Taglines:

YOUR own beating heart...your own quivering lips...your own tears and cheers will tell you that here is a truly grand motion picture! (Print Ad- New York Sun ((New York NY)) 14 April 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We Live Again See more »

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Budget:

$659,710 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem the trio start reciting before the clock bell interrupts them is from "The Walrus and the Carpenter", by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There", 1872. See more »

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Although the story takes place in England, during the World War I period (1916), 'Joan Crawford''s hairstyles and clothes are all strictly contemporary, including some very striking Adrian creations that were the very trademark of the time and place when it was being filmed (Hollywood, 1933.) See more »

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Moore, a Pilot: Hey, Boggie, have you seen this?
Bogard: Yeah.
Moore, a Pilot: What't the idea of drawing lots in secret?
Bogard: It's just a new way to kill a guy, maybe.
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In real-life Crawford meets & falls in love w/Franchot Tone!
12 November 1999 | by bobbyatglossSee all my reviews

That's pretty much the highlight and only point of interest to watch in this film. Crawford was freshly divorced from Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. She and Franchot Tone fell in love and started their romance, ultimately leading to marriage, while making this film. Since their characters are brother and sister; it's very interesting to watch the passion and "familial" kisses between them that is a LOT more potent than between Joan and her other two leading men, who were SUPPOSED to be the love interests.

Although the story was based on a William Faulkner novel, it is NOT very true to the book .... since there was NO female character like Joan's in the book. MGM wanted to use Crawford and had Faulkner add a character to the screenplay to accommodate a role for her. Trouper that she was, she does a good job, but this basic World War I "men's" story is very strange due to the newly added love triangle. There are also some very abrupt editing sequences that make you ponder what was left out.

Crawford manages to look great (although her clothes were NOT correct for the period - wait til you see her gown as Lady of the Manor - Adrian on the Moon!) and has some good close-ups but she is not believable as a Brit or in her supposed love for Gary Cooper. Her suffering and caring towards Robert Young is very touching though.

Cooper is always pleasant to watch but this does nothing extra for his resume. Robert Young is sweet and winsome and commands the movie-underdog fan-love, but Franchot Tone is the one who knows how to take below-average material and make it interesting. What he can do with a few curt words, a small prop like an upside down pipe in the rain or a quiet entrance into a room is sublime.

For Joan Crawford fans, I'd rate this movie a 5.5; for war and general movie fans, I'd rate it slightly lower at a solid 5.


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