"Forgettable but pleasant." - Joan Crawford on "Forsaking All Others."
"Forsaking All Others" 1934
Cast: Joan Crawford (as Mary Clay), Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery, Charles Butterworth, Billie Burke, Frances Drake, Rosalind
This 1934 romantic comedy is a delight. With its trio of star performers, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, and Robert Montgomery,
it does not miss. Its success is also fueled by the comedic talents of the stellar supporting cast led by Charles Buttersworth,
Billie Burke, Francis Drake, and a very young Rosalind Russell.
The original play opened in New York City on March, 1 1933 and had 110 performance. Tallulah Bankhead played Mary Clay and
the cast included Ilka Chase, Barbara O'Neil, Cora Witherspoon, Fred Keating, Anderson Lawler, Harlan Briggs and George Lessey.
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Reviewer, Jim Tritten, says...
A better than average comedy that certainly entertains. Plot is believable and somewhat unusual. Clark Gable returns from Madrid (we are not told what he was doing there nor really what anyone does for a living) in order to propose to Joan Crawford. Clark has secretly loved Joan since they were children but in his absence, Joan has agreed to marry Robert Montgomery who she has loved since they were children. Enter the old flame, Frances Drake, who whisks Montgomery away on the eve of his nuptial leaving Crawford standing at the alter. The marriage does not work and soon Crawford steps out with Montgomery on the side. Gable criticizes and consoles Crawford eventually making plans to return to Spain. Good performances by Crawford (opening shot with cream on her face is in contrast to other stars who preferred glamorous introductions), Montgomery (he really is funny), Gable, Billie Burke (who can do "flustered" any better), Rosalind Russell (does well in one of her early films) and a very droll Charles Butterworth. I never thought Frances Drake was believable as the lower class wife but this can easily be overlooked. Recommended as an evenings good entertainment.
Richard Watts, Jr. of the New York Herald Tribune says, "...Since the picture doesn't even attempt to go in for credibility,
no one should blame Miss Crawford or Mr. Gable for falling to give real portrayals in their romantic roles. The two stars,
who certainly know their business, wisely decide to pass their time tossing charm and personality all over the place, which
is obviously what the film requires for audience appeal."
Variety had this to say..., "On the performance end, it is one of Miss Crawford's best. She is believable throughout. That tongue-in-cheek moralizing which often marks many of her sagas is largely missing."
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