Directed by Clarence Brown
USA 1936

 

  More entertaining than the title suggest, this romantic comedy uses the massive talent of its' three stars to add spark and humor to a potentially unsavory topic – a man cheating on his wife with his secretary. Gable plays the man in the middle with such sweetness, intelligence and affection the audience never for a moment questions his love for Loy, who plays his equally charming wife. Sure, Harlow oozes sex appeal as his indispensable secretary, but even her obvious assets don't compare to the honest connection Gable and Loy share. That being said, after some offhand remarks by her lady friends, Loy begins to suspect that there's something fishy going on between her loving hubby and his girl Friday. They are spending a lot of time together, but it's not what she thinks. They're working desperately to pull off a business deal that depends on total secrecy to succeed. A company trip out of the country brings Loy's worst fears to light and places Harlow in the position she's been dreaming of. This being a comedy, all's well that ends well, with Harlow showing her character is deeper than the sum of her parts. Loy pulls off the role of the jealous wife with sincerity and class. Gable proves why he's the man of every girl's dream. Stewart is wasted here as Harlow's long-suffering boyfriend.

Excerpt from Crazy For Cinema located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 28th, 1936

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:27:27 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Mono), DUB: French (Mono)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Vintage musical short: New Shoes
• Oscar-winning short: The Public Pays
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2006

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Chapters: 23

 

 

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I suspect that this may be the weakest DVD transfer I can recall from Warner in quite some time. The image is very soft, dark and filled with damage marks as both blemishes and light scratches. Contrast is blended throughout and although we don't claim to be total experts in the DVD transfer process - this DVD exhibits 'combing' or 'trailing' (see last capture) which indicates that it was not wholly taken from HD (in a case where the film is older or there is no HD master - one is usually created and the digital transfer is taken from that). Now this may have been what is referred to as the alchemist process where only some of the transfer suffers from 'combing'. I can't say for sure, but I'll assume the very poor state of the master is some indication on why it differs from most all other Warner releases that I have ever seen. I am still discovering information about this process and will post any findings here - but suffice to say this DVD image is very poor even beyond Warner's usual high standards. I am not so much blaming Warner, as I feel confident that they do the best that they can with what they have, but viewers should be warned what to expect. Two vintage shorts round out the supplements and although I anticipated a better image on the feature - it's is still quite watchable.

The film is a delight - I just love Myrna Loy and it's a shame that Jimmy Stewart was underused as Harlow's love interest - an extension of his part could have added a nice touch to the already wonderful film.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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