After finding her working as a department store salesclerk, flamboyant Broadway impresario Oscar Jaffe makes Lily Garland a star. The two fall deeply in love, only to have their temperamental and demanding personalities eventually drive them apart.
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John Barrymore said that this was his favorite of all the films he'd made and you can see why. This film is an absolute gem with Barrymore hamming it up as the great Oscar Jaffe and Carole Lombard giving one of her best performances as Lily Garland, the lingere model turned actress. This film is a definite must see.
Lombard is so good (the perfect blend of tomboy and sexiness) and Barrymore channels his wild-eyed theatrical demagogue (German expressionist eyes with the body language of Hitler) in this very funny screwball comedy. OTT certainly, but a look at the world of showbiz calls for a lack of restraint if anything does, and the script holds up, considering the antics of today's primadonnas.
A very underrated Hawks film. Barrymore is absolutely hysterical and this is the first film that comes to mind whenever I think of him. It's an over-the-top farce, but it's great fun and always keeps you laughing.
I somehow missed the existence of a Barrymore / Lombard / Hawks / Sturges / Hecht collaboration... until now. An often exasperating love letter to creative psychotics. You're tricked into believing the movie works, even when it doesn't, because it never gives you time to breath, from either laughter or panting. Barrymore goes full dementia to a point where his flailing hair is almost a supporting cast member.