Cinematography by Victor Milner. "Desire" list: Gary Cooper, again - but Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins are amazing . "(...) I will leave all and come and make the hymns of you,/None has understood you, but I understand you, /None has done justice to you, you have not done justice to/yourself,/None but has found you imperfect, I only find no/imperfection in you, (...) (Walt Whitman)
3.75 stars. I really like the play and this film is not the play but the spirit of the play is in the film. The four leads are great, the dialogue is witty, and the film is beautifully shot. I just love what this film stands for, which is amongst other things: freedom and fun!
This pre-code comedy directed by the incomparable Ernst Lubitsch may have jettisoned Coward's original stage play for the screen treatment by Ben Hecht, but what it lacks in wit, it makes up in charm. The three leads work so well together, you'd think there was a menage-a-trois going on behind the camera. Miriam Hopkins was never better. Films with this subject matter couldn't be made until thirty years later.
Was this movie like the precurser to all those french 2 guys and a girl movies that occured a few decades later? I can't believe the topic matter in this old gem. I think I prefer Cooper in comedic roles like this or Hawks' "Ball of Fire". March and Hopkins are great too.