Men Are Not Gods

Men Are Not Gods is a 1936 British film starring Miriam Hopkins and co-starring Gertrude Lawrence, Sebastian Shaw and Rex Harrison. It was a success in the UK when released largely due to the popularity of the two female stars Hopkins and Lawrence. This also brought to attention the talents of Rex Harrison who made his breakthrough into Hollywood not too long after this film. Gertrude Lawrence, although not so much a movie actress, was at the peak of her stage career when this film was released and her performance was praised.

Men Are Not Gods
Directed byWalter Reisch
Produced byAlexander Korda
Written byWalter Reisch
Screenplay byG.B. Stern
Iris Wright
StarringMiriam Hopkins
Gertrude Lawrence
Sebastian Shaw
Rex Harrison
Music byGeoffrey Toye
CinematographyCharles Rosher
Edited byHenry Cornelius
William Hornbeck
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 26 November 1936 (1936-11-26) (UK)
  • 18 January 1937 (1937-01-18) (U.S.)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

In London, critic Mr. Skeates dictates a scathing review of Edmund Davey, the lead actor debuting in the play Othello, to his secretary, Ann Williams. Barbara Albert, Davey's co-star and wife, comes to the newspaper offices to plead her husband's case. Skeates has already left, so she begs Ann for help to save Edmund's career, insisting that he is a great actor who was simply overwhelmed by his great opportunity. Ann is touched and takes a great risk (as Skeates never reads his own work), rewriting the review to praise the actor's performance. The critic, however, finds out when Edmund thanks him for his kind words, and Ann is given the sack.

She goes to see the play. She and the rest of the audience are entranced by Edmund's second performance. When Barbara spots her after the show, she introduces Ann to her husband. Ann and Edmund become infatuated with each other, however.



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