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It's Love I'm After (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 November 1937 (USA)
An actor of the stage finds himself pursued by a lovestruck fan while trying to patch up a tempestuous relationship with his actress lover.

Director:

Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), Maurice Hanline (original story "Gentlemen After Midnight")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Howard ... Basil Underwood
Bette Davis ... Joyce Arden
Olivia de Havilland ... Marcia West
Patric Knowles ... Henry Grant, Jr.
Eric Blore ... Digges
George Barbier ... William West
Bonita Granville ... Gracie Kane
Spring Byington ... Aunt Ella Paisley
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Kane (as Georgia Craine)
Veda Ann Borg ... Elsie
E.E. Clive ... First Butler
Valerie Bergere ... Joyce's Maid
Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Hinkle
Thomas Pogue Thomas Pogue ... Mr. Hinkle
Grace Field Grace Field ... Mrs. Babson (as Grace Fields)
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Storyline

Renowned stage actors Basil Underwood and Joyce Arden are partners on and off the stage. An occupational hazard for Basil is that women often fall in love with what they see of him on the stage, he who sometimes indulges that adoration. Basil and Joyce's personal life is passionate and tempestuous characterized by constant fighting and making up, which is often continued on-stage under their breaths. After their latest fight and reconciliation, they decide to get married... for the twelfth time. They are determined to make it to the altar this time. But Basil feels he needs to wipe clean the slate first by doing a favor for a stranger, Henry Grant, whose fiancée has fallen in love with him. With his latest script in hand, Basil vows to make Henry's fiancée fall out of love with him by playing the cad. He finds that it may be more difficult than he first imagined when he finds out that the woman in question is Marcia West, the young woman who professed her love to him earlier in the ... Written by Huggo

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The tops in topsy-turvy romance! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gentlemen After Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Ladd is briefly seen standing next to Gene Raymond (both appearing to be the same height) aboard a ship toward the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

After Basil ties (off camera) his ascot before breakfast, the tie's spots are showing. Immediately after, same scene, the tie has stripes. Then, in the third scene immediately following, the tie again shows spots. See more »

Quotes

William West: Get out!
Basil Underwood: Did you hear that Digges?
Digges: Distinctly, sir. I'll get the bags.
Basil Underwood: Just a moment.
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Limitless Energy
11 June 2006 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

It's Love I'm After concerns a famous acting couple (Leslie Howard and Bette Davis) whose fighting often outweighs their love for each other. When a young girl (Olivia De Havilland) develops an intense crush on Howard, her fiancée takes it upon himself to make a deal with him to be mean to her. Howard does it to improve his moral standing but takes a few relapses as everything he does excites Havilland even more. This is a truly funny comedy with an excellent cast.

Olivia De Havilland appears here in an early role. Her enthusiasm and innocence make her seem younger than she is and very high-strung. However, her performance is perfect for the part.

It seems that in Hollywood there were two legitimate British actors: Howard and Charles Laughton. Laughton's weight forced him into fatherly roles and Howard's good looks pushed him toward romantic leads. Howard's presence in this film reflects his talents as an actor and this stereotype but the two are incorporated brilliantly. He shines the brightest.


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