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Personal Property

Released Mar 19, 1937 1h 28m Comedy List
Reviews 54% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Raymond Dabney (Robert Taylor) returns to his wealthy family after a short jail stint for robbery, to the chagrin of his brother, Claude (Reginald Owen), who is set to marry Crystal Wetherby (Jean Harlow) in order to gain some funds for his family's ailing business. What Claude does not know is that Crystal also wants to marry for money, in order to pay her debts. When Raymond meets Crystal at the opera, not realizing that she happens to be his brother's fiancée, he is smitten. Read More Read Less
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Sara Boynoff Illustrated Daily News (Los Angeles) [Personal Property] turns out to be another highly successful comedy and another step along the right path for Robert Taylor. Jun 11, 2021 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine A handsomely turned out picture with a competent and well-dressed group of players, headed by Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor. Aug 7, 2019 Full Review Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs Jean Harlow shines in her penultimate film. Rated: 3/4 Jan 27, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor in this wonderful, sparkling and enjoyable comedy makes for great entertainment... Sparkling 1930's Comedy--Jean Harlow received a ring from beau William Powell when this film was in production. She wears it at nearly every turn. There is a moment where Robert Taylor asks her in the film about her plans to marry, and it is clear that when replying, Harlow is not the character in the story, but her real self, commenting on her own plans to marry Powell. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but we know that she had been given not only a ring, but the gift of real love... Finding Love When You Look For Money!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Jean's made better movies but her second to last film is a cute little trifle. She's full of snap, you'd never suspect her health was failing while this was being filmed. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member harlow & taylor what a pairing Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Delightful romantic comedy with Jean Harlow & Robert Taylor. Harlow is a penniless American widow who is about to marry Taylor's brother who thinks she is rich and can save his business. Taylor, the neerdowell brother, ends up in a situation where he is stuck with Harlow in her house. Based on a stage play (and it sometimes shows), this film still allows for some great humorous sequences and some sparks between Harlow & Taylor. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member <i>"Don't you have any friends or family who can help you out?"<br/>"My friends are as broke as me, and my family live all the way over in Des Moines, Iowa. Have you ever heard of Des Moines, Iowa?"<br/>"No I can't say that I have."<br/>"Well that gives you a good idea about where it's located."</i><br/><br/>Comedic fluff has its moments. Rougish Robert Taylor was the Paul Newman of his time, while Jean Harlow mostly plays it straight but has a fun scene where she impersonates guests who will arrive at her dinner party, which is populated by some memorable oddballs (Mr. Travailian is a hoot.) Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting romantic comedy, the story is good, and the actors are too, but it's not the best romantic comedy I've seen. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Raymond Dabney (Robert Taylor) returns to his wealthy family after a short jail stint for robbery, to the chagrin of his brother, Claude (Reginald Owen), who is set to marry Crystal Wetherby (Jean Harlow) in order to gain some funds for his family's ailing business. What Claude does not know is that Crystal also wants to marry for money, in order to pay her debts. When Raymond meets Crystal at the opera, not realizing that she happens to be his brother's fiancée, he is smitten.
Director
W. S. Van Dyke II
Producer
John W. Considine Jr.
Screenwriter
Hugh Mills, Ernest Vajda
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 19, 1937, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 28m
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