No More Ladies
No More Ladies is a 1935 American romantic comedy film directed by Edward H. Griffith. The film stars Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery, and co-stars Charlie Ruggles, Franchot Tone, and Edna May Oliver. The screenplay credited to Donald Ogden Stewart and Horace Jackson is based on a stage comedy of the same name by A.E. Thomas.
|No More Ladies|
|Directed by||Edward H. Griffith|
E. J. Babille (assistant)
|Produced by||Irving Thalberg|
|Screenplay by||Donald Ogden Stewart|
|Based on||No More Ladies|
|Music by||Edward Ward|
|Cinematography||Oliver T. Marsh|
|Edited by||Frank E. Hull|
Marcia (Joan Crawford) is a young socialite who shares her New York home with her alcoholic grandmother, Fanny Townsend (Edna May Oliver). Marcia is a firm believer that a couple must be faithful to one another, unlike her peers who do not feel so strongly. Marcia meets Jim (Franchot Tone), who agrees with her on the subject of a couple's monogamy and pursues her. Marcia, however, decides to pursue Sherry (Robert Montgomery), whom Marcia sees as a challenge and seeks to cure him of his philandering and womanizing nature.
After a night at a club where some of Sherry's past flings swirl about him, the couple discuss the institution of marriage and have clearly divergent views. Despite this, Marcia and Sherry are married, yet Sherry continues as before. Even on their honeymoon, Sherry flirts with the gorgeous Sally French (Jean Chatburn). Later, when the newly married couple returns home, Sherry goes home with a friend's date, Theresa German (Gail Patrick), and doesn't return that night. Marcia realizes her philandering husband has already ruined their marriage. Sherry admits to spending the night with Theresa and admits his infidelity in a rather abrupt and unapologetic manner.
Marcia decides to teach her husband a lesson by having a party to which she invites Sherry's former flames along with their mates. Marcia announces that she intends to be unfaithful to her husband,by having a fling with Jim, who still cares for Marcia. Marcia and Jim escape from the party during a game of charades, and she returns the next morning. Sherry then sees how much his wife loves him and is convinced to reform his former ways. In any event, Marcia remained faithful to her beliefs and her husband and did not go through as she planned.
Rachel Crothers created the original screen adaptation, but had her name removed from the screen credits, publicly dissatisfied with the studio's changes to her screenplay; other uncredited writers were Edith Fitzgerald and George Oppenheimer. Griffith's illness prevented him from finishing the film, so George Cukor took over as director (but declined a screen credit).
Crawford made the film in her tenth year as an MGM contract player; the film was Joan Fontaine's big-screen debut.
According to Andre Sennwald of The New York Times, "the photoplay, despite its stage ancestry, is out of the same glamour factory as Miss Crawford's Forsaking All Others. If it is less furiously arch than that modern classic of sledgehammer whimsey, it is also somewhat less successful as entertainment. Out of the labors of the brigade of writers who tinkered with the screen play, there remain a sprinkling of nifties which make for moments of hilarity in an expanse of tedium and fake sophistication." Time magazine called it a "pleasant, witty time-waster" depicting a "variety of white chromium modernistic interiors, a welter of cynical badinage over cocktails and cigarets, [and] the complications of rich idle adultery." Writing for The Spectator, Graham Greene described the film as "slickly 'problem'", "second rate", and "transient", although he praised the acting of Ruggles (playing Edgar Holden).
- Andre Sennwald (June 22, 1935). "No More Ladies, a Film Version of the A. D. Thomas Play, at the Capitol". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- Roger Fristoe. "No More Ladies - Article". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- No More Ladies at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Cinema: The New Pictures". Time. June 24, 1935. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- Greene, Graham (5 July 1935). "The Bride of Frankenstein/The Glass Key/No More Ladies/Abyssinia". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p. 6. ISBN 0192812866.)
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