Fast and Loose

1930

Comedy / Romance

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IMDb Rating 6.3

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Reviewed by rsoonsa 7

This, the second cinematic version of THE BEST PEOPLE, a play by Avery Hopwood and David Gray that was first staged in 1924 and filmed in 1925, is a period piece that glides over the best efforts of time, its serio-comic point of view intact, a smartly paced affair presenting a strong opportunity for role development beneath its frothy Roaring Twenties backdrop. Paramount casts new contractee Miriam Hopkins for her film debut as wealthy Marian Lenox, along with Charles Starrett as her chauffeur and beau, Carole Lombard ( the "e" was added by a title scribbler for this film), Frank Morgan and whimsical Ilka Chase, all in top form, whilst Preston Sturges reconditions an already witty storyline. The setting is Long Island, where the Lenox clan resides, and where agitation reigns due to prospects of the family's adult son and daughter marrying below their station (to a chauffeur and a chorus girl), culminating with the entire family unintentionally meeting at a roadhouse speakeasy, whereupon a police raid adds to the growing embarrassment and consternation for two generations of Lenox family members. The film is smartly directed, and acted with verve by all cast members, Hopkins a lively delight and reliable Morgan as solid as ever, although it is Broadway standout Chase who steals acting honours with her uninhibited performance, each benefiting from the pungent dialogue of Sturges that maintains an airy tone for a sophisticated romp, this version topping its silent screen predecessor in all elements except for Warner Baxter's memorable playing of the prideful and lovelorn chauffeur.

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Reviewed by AAdaSC 7

Marion (Miriam Hopkins) is engaged to Rockingham (David Hutcheson). She does not love him and you know that their relationship isn&#39;t going to work out. It doesn&#39;t. She calls it off so that she can spend her time with Henry (Charles Starrett), a mechanic. This is too much for Marion&#39;s mother, Carrie (Winifred Harris) who is a socially aspiring nightmare of a woman. Carrie is dealt another blow when her son, Bertie (Henry Wadsworth) announces his intention to marry a chorus girl Alice (Carole Lombard). Marion&#39;s father, Bronson (Frank Morgan) plays the voice of reason and engineers a happy ending.<br/><br/>This film belongs to Miriam Hopkins. Whenever she is on screen you are never far from a quality insult, especially in the scenes with Charles Starrett when they go swimming at night. She effortlessly insults him and it&#39;s great fun to watch. Unfortunately, he is a bit of a lughead and comes nowhere near the level of acting competency or talent that is demonstrated by Hopkins. He is just a big, stupid guy who likes cars. Carole Lombard hardly has a thing to do and is upstaged by her companion, Millie (Ilka Chase). The film is funny and moves at a good pace. It&#39;s the usual boy v girl story where we know what is going to happen and it&#39;s fun to watch how they get there.

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Reviewed by AlsExGal 8

In the midst of the Great Depression films often focused on the antics of the idle rich, with the best of these being made at Paramount. This film is about a wealthy family that is thrown into chaos when the son wants to marry a chorus girl (Carole Lombard) and the daughter (Miriam Hopkins) wants to marry a mechanic (Charles Starrett). Even though Carole Lombard is second billed in this film, she is practically a statue here -beautiful to look at, but having only a line here and there. This is really Miriam Hopkin&#39;s film as Marion Lenox, and she does a great job as the poor little rich girl that doesn&#39;t know what she wants until she meets the man of her dreams that turns out to be the family&#39;s newly hired mechanic. Frank Morgan plays his part as the father, Bronson Lenox, with all the befuddled flair we&#39;ve come to expect from him. The whole film comes to a head when Bronson and his brother meet the chorus girl fiancée of Bronson&#39;s son at a roadhouse intending to convince the chorus girl to leave his son alone. Unfortunately Bronson&#39;s son shows up at the same roadhouse that night as well as Bronson&#39;s daughter with the mechanic in tow. There is a big scene between all involved that is only interrupted by a raid on the establishment.<br/><br/>Ilke Chase, as Carole Lombard&#39;s close friend and fellow chorus girl, is a great comic touch. The story calls for Carole&#39;s character to be sober and responsible, so Ilke is added as a counter to all of that. She physically resembles 30&#39;s Warner character actor Aline McMahon, but she has the wildness of all of the Gold Diggers of 1933 rolled into one with Winnie Lightner thrown in for good measure. Her vamping of Bronson Lenox&#39;s emotionally embalmed brother is hilarious.<br/><br/>One of the forerunners of the screwball comedies of the 1930&#39;s, ironically Miriam Hopkin&#39;s part here reminds me a bit of the part that Carole Lombard plays in 1936&#39;s &quot;My Man Godfrey&quot;. Very entertaining and highly recommended if you run across this one.

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