Following the advice of his helpful valet (Edward Everett Horton), a socially awkward businessman (Douglas Fairbanks) strives to hone his romantic skills as he follows a beautiful aviator (Bebe Daniels) aboard a luxurious ocean liner. This classic art deco musical boasts elaborate sets and costumes and includes a memorable rendition of Irving Berlin’s “When the Folks High Up, Do the Mean Low Down?” sung by a not-yet-discovered Bing Crosby.
Edmund Goulding (20 March 1891 – 24 December 1959) was a British film writer and director. Goulding is best remembered for directing cultured dramas and such as Grand Hotel (1932) with Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, Dark Victory (1939) with Bette Davis, and The Razor’s Edge (1946) with Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power. He also directed the classic film noir Nightmare Alley (1947) with Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell, and the action drama The Dawn Patrol. He was also a successful songwriter, composer, and producer.
Before moving to films, Goulding was an actor, playwright and director on the London stage.
Interviewed about his Goulding biography Edmund Goulding’s Dark Victory (2009), film historian Matthew Kennedy stated:
He not only directed many types of films, but he took on multiple functions on each set. Though he didn’t usually take credit, he co-wrote many scripts, composed incidental music, produced, even consulted on makeup, costumes, and hair styling. His… read more
A rare Wellman one-sheet is discovered as part of a treasure-trove of early sound, pre-Code film posters in an attic in Pennsylvania.