My Weakness (film)

My Weakness is a 1933 American pre-Code musical film directed by David Butler and starring Lilian Harvey, Lew Ayres and Charles Butterworth.[1] It was the second of four films made by the British-German actress Harvey in Hollywood, who had emerged as major star during Weimar Germany.

My Weakness
Directed byDavid Butler
Produced byBuddy G. DeSylva
Written byBuddy G. DeSylva
Bert Hanlon
David Butler
StarringLilian Harvey
Lew Ayres
Charles Butterworth
Harry Langdon
Music byArthur Lange
Cyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byIrene Morra
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
September 22, 1933
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States

It both was and wasn't the first mainstream Hollywood film to use the word "gay" as a descriptor of homosexuality. In one scene, Charles Butterworth and Sid Silvers commiserate over their miserable, hopeless shared love for Lilian Harvey, until Butterworth is struck by a solution: "Let's be gay!" However, the Studio Relations Committee censors decreed that the line had to be muffled.[2]



  1. Solomon, p. 175
  2. Vieira, Mark A., Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, Abrams, 1999, pg. 133


  • Solomon, Aubrey. The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography. McFarland, 2011.

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