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Cocktail Hour (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 5 June 1933 (USA)
Cynthia Warren, independently wealthy through her ability as an illustrator and poster artist, rebels against the premise that every woman is destined for matrimony and motherhood, and ... See full summary »

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James Kevin McGuinness (story "Pearls and Emeralds"), Gertrude Purcell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bebe Daniels ... Cynthia Warren
Randolph Scott ... Randolph Morgan
Sidney Blackmer ... William Lawton
Muriel Kirkland ... Olga Raimoff aka Tessie Burns
Jessie Ralph ... Princess de Longville
Barry Norton ... Prince Philippe de Longville
George Nardelli George Nardelli ... Raoul Alvarez
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Pat Lawton
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Cynthia Warren, independently wealthy through her ability as an illustrator and poster artist, rebels against the premise that every woman is destined for matrimony and motherhood, and decides she has as much right as a man to play around sans benefit of marriage. So, leaving behind steady-but-dull Randolph Morgan (who seems to be the primary buyer of her 'art' and income,) she heads for Paris. The New York harbor is barely out of sight before she falls into the arms of a slick from England,William Lawton, who turns out to be something of a rotter who already has a wife, and Cynthia's liberal creed only stretches so far. In Paris, she hooks up with a Prince, who is a prince of a fellow and never strays far from his mother's side, but Lawton shows up again and makes some unwanted advances and the Prince comes to her aid, and Lawton ends up apparently somewhat dead when the Prince tosses him out a window, but Cynthia takes the rap as she feels it wouldn't be nice to separate a boy from ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HERE'S HOW: 1 bewitching girl - 3 lovelorn men - 1/4 gaiety - 1/2 romance - 1/4 remorse...Add a dash of music and moonlight. Sweeten with lover's lies - then add a dash of bitters, and decorate with colorful gowns in season - that's THE COCKTAIL HOUR (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hora do Cocktail See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Listen Heart of Mine
By Victor Schertzinger
Sung Bebe Daniels
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Columbia Pre-Code
14 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It is Columbia doing a Paramount movie, judging by the opening titles and the sound of the house orchestra. Kay Francis.... I mean Bebe Daniels is taking a break from her high-paying job illustrating ads for Randolph Scott's ad agency, taking a trip to France, despite all the men who want to marry her. This includes old-fashioned Randy, French Count Barry Norton, and her shipboard conquest, Sidney Blackmer. Only he conquers her, before revealing on the dock at Southampton that he's married.

The big-city, sophisticated naughtiness is implied, except for the cocktail party at the beginning and one brief sequence in which Miss Daniels is with her friend Muriel Kirkland in her slip. Columbia might have a big-city audience, but they made most of their money in the hinterlands, and the disapproving and old-fashioned tone that Mr. Scott takes is that of the movie; the audience knew what was what, but didn't think it necessary to show every detail. If the audience wanted that, they could go see the latest Demille spectacle. The audience for this movie knew where babies came from just as well as they did in New York and Paris, and the ending is just as normative as Demille's epics; only Columbia did it in five reels instead of nine, and kept the costs way down.

Miss Daniels sings one song, composed by the director, Victor Schertzinger. It's okay, just not memorable. Which is what this movie is.


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