Design for Living (1933)




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Design for Living was based on the stage comedy by Noel Coward, though little of his dialogue actually made it to the screen. Playwright Fredric March and artist Gary Cooper both fall in love with Miriam Hopkins, an American living in Paris. Both men love the girl, and the girl can't make up her mind between the two men, so the threesome decide to move in together--strictly platonically, of course. As the men gain in success and prominence, the chasteness of the "menage a trois" begins to be … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Hecht
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2011
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Fredric March

as Thomas B. 'Tom' Cham...
Gary Cooper

as George Curtis
Miriam Hopkins

as Gilda Farrell
Franklin Pangborn

as Mr. Douglas
Isabel Jewell

as Lisping Stenographer
Harry Dunkinson

as Mr. Egelbauer
James Donlan

as Fat Man
Jane Darwell

as Housekeeper
Emile Chautard

as Conductor
Armand Kaliz

as Mr. Burton
Adrienne D'Ambricourt

as Cafe Proprietress
Wyndham Standing

as Max's Butler
Nora Cecil

as Tom's Secretary
Grace Hayle

as Woman on Staircase
Olaf Hytten

as Englishman at Train
Mary Gordon

as Theatre Chambermaid
Lionel Belmore

as Theatre Patron
Charles K. French

as Theatre Patron
Rolfe Sedan

as Bed Salesman
Mathilde Comont

as Heavy Woman
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

The script galumphs when it should glide.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Time Out
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Well, maybe it is a little lumpy for Lubitsch, but I think the film more than holds its own.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Chicago Reader
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New York Times
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The "Lubitsch Touch," indeed: edged and between the ribs before you know it's being brandished.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
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