Design for Living

Film, Comedy
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Noël Coward's teacup wit and elegance hardly suits the beer glass temperament of his screen adaptor Ben Hecht, who later complained of the author's 'vaudeville patter with an English accent', not to mention a 'superiority complex that went over big with sofa-cushion menders'. The script galumphs when it should glide, and neither the director nor the stellar cast can bring this would-be soufflé about a bohemian ménage-à-trois (Cooper paints, March writers, Hopkins flits between them) to the right fluffy consistency.

By: GB

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Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Screenwriter: Ben Hecht
Cast: Miriam Hopkins
Fredric March
Franklin Pangborn
Gary Cooper
Isabel Jewell
Edward Everett Horton
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