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Idiot's Delight (1939)

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Release Date: Jan 27, 1939 Wide

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Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Idiot's Delight starred Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne on Broadway. Set in a lavish alpine hotel bordering an Italian air base, the story throws together several disparate people, each in his or her own way affected by the World War that threatens to erupt at a moment's notice. The only person who doesn't seem to have a political or economic stake in world affairs is Harry Van, a two-bit American entertainer who is stranded in the hotel with his

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WWII + Gable+ Gable singing! Add Norma Shearer for more MGM star power.

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An unfulfilling adaptation of Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Enjoyable if dated comedy/drama with Norma giving an amusing Garboesque take on her character. Gable's famous performance of Puttin' on the Ritz is memorable because he is so easygoing and game. Good supporting cast and assured direction also contribute to making this a pleasant diversion. Try and see the version with the international and far better ending.
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    1. Harry Van: Oh, you like my electrical personality, hmm?
    2. Irene Fellara: No, nothing as obvious as that.
    – Submitted by Sharon J (2 years ago)
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