My Weakness

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The charming and effervescent continental film star Lillian Harvey made her Hollywood debut in My Weakness. Borrowing a page or two from Pygmalion, the plot is hinged on a wager made between playboy Ronnie Gregory (Lew Ayres) and his crusty uncle Ellery (Henry Travers). Ronny bets that he can transform kitchen slavey Looloo Blake (our girl Harvey) into a fashionable society belle, which he does -- but he hadn't counted upon falling in love with the girl along the way. Supervising the proceedings is baby-faced comedian Harry Langdon in one of his best talkie roles as a whimsical Cupid. Clearly inspired by the Lubitsch and Clair musical semi-fantasies then in vogue, My Weakness is replete with rhyming dialogue, talking animals, and even a singing statue of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker. The Buddy G. DeSylva-Leo Robin-Richard Whiting score is largely unmemorable save for Gather Lip Rouge While You May, which deserves a gold star for the title alone. My Weakness was the first of three Lillian Harvey vehicles for Fox Studios, filmed back-to-back to accommodate her busy European movie schedule.


Lilian Harvey
as Looloo Blake
Lew Ayres
as Ronnie Gregory
Charles Butterworth
as Gerald Gregory
Irene Bentley
as Jane Holman
Henry Travers
as Ellery Gregory
Adrian Rosley
as Baptiste
Mary Howard
as Diana Griffith
Irene Ware
as Eve Millstead
Barbara Weeks
as Lois Crowley
Susan Fleming
as Jacqueline Wood
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