The Painter and the Thief
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Subtle pre-code (realistic) drama, starring the magnificent and stunning actors Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, and Leslie Howard. This is a gem of a movie, and receives extra points for being filmed during the technological backwardness of 1932.
Stagy film adaptation of a stage play.of the same name. Leslie Howard plays a magazine publisher in love with artist Ann Harding, but instead marrying manipulative socialite Myrna Loy instead. There is some pre-code naughtiness that helps to make this otherwise talky and not so dramatic of film watchable, mainly how open the film is about sex and sexuality, but the main credit goes to the great Myrna Loy for holding my interest. Loy wasn't a major star yet when she made this film and actually received third billing, but she steals every scene she's in and is almost a proto-femme fatale.
Myrna Loy is amazing in this though the movie fails to wrap up its intended message. It has some good dialogue but never goes anywhere other than that.
The Animal Kingdom is a decent film. It is about a publisher who must choose between the woman he loves and a wealthy woman of his father's choosing. Leslie Howard, Ann Harding, and Myrna Loy give good performances. The screenplay is a slow in places. Edward H. Griffith did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance.
good pre-code rom-com
The unusual theme for this very intelligent and enjoyable character study has the decent self sacrificing mistress (Ann Harding) pitted against the merciless, social climbing wife (Myrna Loy)... Wasted love and lost lives--a relationship based on sexual desire and nothing else eventually grows tired, and Howard finds himself going back to talk with Harding and spend time with her. She smartly keeps running. Clearly, Howard is a man who wants to have his cake and eat it, too... The Woman in His House Was Not His Wife!!
65/100. Slow moving but well produced and it has a good cast. Ann Harding comes off best, Myrna Loy does well. A bit too talky and curiously claustrophobic. Fine art direction. Ilka Chase has a good bit.
Nice. I liked Miss Schmidt and the Butler the best.
Creaky, and I mean creaky as you can hear the floorboards creak (almost) drama with Leslie Howard as a playboy trying to make up his mind about which woman he loves.. Ann Harding or Myrna Loy? Tsk, too bad they're both as stff as a board, Howard looks terribly unexcited to be with either of them. Not worth your time.
Basically a pre-code film stage play. Everyone is a bit stiff but the content is racy especially considering the time and all the women, particularly Myrna Loy are beautifully gowned.