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It's Love I'm After

1937 1h 30m Comedy List
Reviews 82% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Despite constant bickering on and off stage, Shakespearean actors Basil Underwood (Leslie Howard) and Joyce Arden (Bette Davis) intend to marry after their closing performance in "Romeo and Juliet." But following the show, debutante Marcia West (Olivia de Havilland), smitten by Basil's interpretation of Romeo, visits backstage to declare him the perfect man for her. Basil is initially flattered by her attentions, which enrages Joyce -- until they both find Marcia more than they can handle. Read More Read Less

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Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine A different Leslie Howard and a quite different Bette Davis in a larking farce about an actor's loves. Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine The earlier sequences of It's Love I'm After are funny and bright, but the story material, never very substantial, is spun out a trifle thin before the end. Jul 19, 2019 Full Review Raquel Stecher Out of the Past A zany film with lots of great witty one-liners and insults. Come for Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland and stay for Eric Blore. Aug 24, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Fun thanks to a great cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Audience Member Davis and Howard's last pairing and de Havilland's first partnership with Howard. Of course, it's not Best Picture winner Gone With the Wind (1939) or the career-kickstarting Of Human Bondage (1934), but It's Love I'm After holds its own and does its job well. Howard is the star of the show as an arrogant actor quick to dismiss his conscience with a disdainful "Digges" (Eric Blore steals the show, by the way). I found Davis and de Havilland surprisingly forgettable, but they didn't detract from the picture. A wonderful comedy that was unfairly brushed under the rug. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The Warner contract players are becoming famous because the same actors are used in almost every WB movie. That's one way to elicit name recognition. Leslie Howard, at this stage, is still the star, steals the show and exudes professionalism throughout. Davis is getting better in dramatic roles, and De Havilland seems capable doing both comedy or drama. The script is above average and makes this film worth watching. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member The film comes to life with the performance of Leslie Howard in a rare comedic role. The fast-paced dialogue and witty remarks make the film entertaining throughout. Particularly good scenes include Eric Blore's whistling like a bird, and the furious argument between Bette Davis and Leslie Howard. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Few surprises in this screwball Rom-com. Though at least the screws never stop spinning! It is interesting to note that this is the first film Mr. Howard did following the successful Romeo & Juliet - I suspect he already knew those lines. There are many excellent one-liners (& two or three liners as well!), but this one from the brilliant butler, Eric Blore, stands out; "Oh but you don't need clothes to get married, Sir." Priceless. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member ????? "??????, ??????? ? ?????" ???? ? ??????? 1937 ????. ? ??????? ????? ????? ??????, ???? ?????, ?????? ?? ?????????. ????? ?????????? ???? ? ?????? "????????? ??????" ??????? (???? ?????) ? ?? ????????? (?????? ?????????) ??? ???????, ? ?????? ????? ?????? ??????????????? ?????? ??????, ?????? - ??? ?????? ??????????? ??????????. ????? ????? ???? ? ???? ?????, ?????????? ? ????????? ?????? ???????? ?? ?????. ????? ???????????? ? ?????? ??? ???? ????, ? ???? ?????????? ????? ??????, ???? ????????? ????? ???? ?????????? ???????? ?????? ???????. ??? ???????, ? ???? ??,1937 ???? ?????? ?????? ? ???? ?????, ? ????? ??????????? ???? ????? ???????? ???????????, ????????? ???? ????? ? ?????? "????? ???????? ????????????" ??? ??????, ? ????? ????? ????? ? ?? ????????? ??????? ? ????? "????, ????, ????? ????????", ??? ??????? ?????? ??????????? ??????? ????????, (? ?????????? ?????), ? ???. ?????? ????? ?? ?????? ??????? ????? ? 1943?. ?????????????? ??????? ? ???????? ????????. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Despite constant bickering on and off stage, Shakespearean actors Basil Underwood (Leslie Howard) and Joyce Arden (Bette Davis) intend to marry after their closing performance in "Romeo and Juliet." But following the show, debutante Marcia West (Olivia de Havilland), smitten by Basil's interpretation of Romeo, visits backstage to declare him the perfect man for her. Basil is initially flattered by her attentions, which enrages Joyce -- until they both find Marcia more than they can handle.
Director
Archie Mayo
Producer
Harry Joe Brown, Hal B. Wallis
Screenwriter
Casey Robinson
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
May 5, 2009
Runtime
1h 30m