Screenwriter Nunnally Johnson earned an Oscar nomination for this adaptation of Arnold Bennett’s play. After living quietly on an island for 20 years, a famous artist (Monty Woolley) reluctantly returns to London, and to the spotlight he so despises. But when his valet dies, he decides to fake his own death and adopt a new identity. Trouble begins when he discovers in his new life not one, but two, exasperated women. John M. Stahl directed.
John Malcolm Stahl (January 21, 1886 – January 12, 1950) was an American film director and producer.
Born in New York City, New York, he began working in the city’s growing motion picture industry at a young age and directed his first silent film short in 1914. In the early 1920s Stahl signed on with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in Hollywood and in 1924 was part of the Mayer team that became MGM Studios.
In 1927, John Stahl was one of the thirty-six founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the industry’s transition to talkies and feature-length films, John Stahl successfully made the adjustment and for Universal Pictures he directed the 1934 film Imitation of Life which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The following year, he directed Magnificent Obsession, starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor.
John Stahl continued to produce and direct major productions as well filler shorts right up to the time of his death. Some… read more
Solid comedy with a good performance by Monty Woolley. He plays a well-known painter/recluse who gets confused for his deceased valet, whom was already married but had a correspondence with another woman. Confused? I was but the actors were fun, particularly Woolley, Gracie Fields and Alan Mowbray. Not great but it moves along well enough and the courtroom scene near the end has some good laughs.