Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. With fancy new clothes and ersatz status, Anni decides that she likes the rich life. But with time running out, she needs a rich husband and Rudi is the one she chooses. Only it takes longer than two weeks for Rudi to dump his fiancée and propose to her. In the weeks that she has been there, she finds that she loves Giulio, the postman with the small house and the donkey cart. But will she give up love for wealth… —IMDb
hough not the first woman director, California-born Dorothy Arzner was for many years the best known, as well as the only female member of the Director’s Guild of America. Publicity releases of the 1930s and 1940s tended to emphasize the so-called “masculine” traits in Arzner’s background—she was a pre-med student at the University of Southern California and an ambulance driver during World War I. Her film career began with a clerical job for director William C. DeMille. Arzner then became a film editor for Paramount Pictures’ subsidiary Realart Films, working on many of the Bebe Daniels comedies. Director James Cruze was so impressed by Arzner’s editing of the Rudolph Valentino picture Blood and Sand (1922) that he immediately engaged her to work on his The Covered Wagon (1923); one of Arzner’s first screenplay credits was for Cruze’s Old Ironsides (1926). In 1927, Arzner directed her first film, Fashions for Women. Two years later, she helmed her… read more
Crawford’s most underrated film by far! This is the picture that was considered such a flop at the time that Joan was labeled "Box Office Poison". I couldn’t disagree more with those critics, I thought she gave a superb performance and she had such great on-screen chemistry with her former husband, Franchot Tone. The real reason it bombed, was because people were tired of seeing her in the 'rags to riches' roles.