Above: An amazing photograph of Joan Crawford on the set of "Forsaking All Others."
"Forsaking All Others" 1934
Cast: Joan Crawford~Clark Gable~Robert Montgomery~Charles Butterworth~Billie Burke~Frances Drake~Rosalind Russell~Tom
Rickets~Arthur Treacher~Greta Moyer.
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Box Office Figures for "Forsaking All Others":
Cost: $392K ~ Domestic Studio Gross: $1,399m. ~ Foreign Studio Gross: $800K
Total: $2,199. / Profit: $1,132m.
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Review: "Forsaking All Others" is an absolute delight -- a fast-paced, genuinely funny romantic comedy with
a great cast who all do well with the material, resulting in sprightly entertainment that ranks with the best of the 30's
screwballs. Clark Gable as Jeff Williams, Robert Montgomery as Dillon Todd and Joan Crawford as Mary Clay are all childhood
friends. When Williams returns from a trip to Spain, he is all gungho about proposing to Mary, whom he has loved since childhood.
Unfortunately, he discovers that Mary is all set to marry Dil, whom she also has loved since childhood. This typical romantic
triangle is very interesting here, due to the warmth of the main characters. Gable and Crawford are particularly delightful
with that amazing chemistry that registers with such sizzling heat onscreen (and no doubt, off) (love when Joan sits in Clark's
lap!) and the situations in which these characters find themselves make for great viewing. Crawford and Gable are both at
their lightest and most charming here with Crawford outfitted in some of the wildest of Adrian designs. In one dress, weighed
down with loops, it's a wonder her small frame was able to carry it, but she has fun playing with these appendages! (Her
best outfit is a chic white suit with matching hat, hat worn at a rakish angle -- a good outfit for the pratfalls she would
find herself taking!) The supporting cast is all delightful, including Billie Burke, Arthur Treacher, Charles Butterworth
and even an early appearance of Rosalind Russell! The film was based on a stage play with Tallulah Bankhead -- it's always
possible to tell the difference when a film has had a source in literature, the script sharper and more sparkling. In any
case, we all know who Joan is going to wind up with, but it's fun seeing her get there! Lots and lots of glossy fun!!!