Thursday, April 26, 2012

Is There Nothing Sacred?

NOTHING SACRED

Released: November 26, 1937
Directed: William A. Wellman
Starring: Carole Lombard, Frederic March, Charles Winninger

Caught in his lie, Wally Cook (Frederic March), is demoted to obituary editor for the Morning Star by his boss Oliver Stone (Walter Connolly). During his stint writing obituaries, Wally hears about a girl, Hazel Flagg (Carole Lombard), who's dying of radium poisoning. As a way to redeem himself, he finds himself in Warsaw, Vermont to give Hazel the time of her life before passing on. But unbeknownst to Wally and the Morning Star, Hazel Flagg doesn't have radium poisoning, but Hazel wants to go to New York. So she pretends to be dying while getting help from her town doctor, Dr. Enoch Downer (Charles Winninger), to pull of the charade.
NOTHING SACRED is marked by being the first screwball comedy to be shot in color, a feat in itself as color reproduction on film was not an easy task. However, as a film in itself, it's not that great. The story is a bit rushed, and the acting only so-so. Carole Lombard was the queen of screwball comedies but she's not at her best in this film. Frederic March is dashing, but there's not much there to endear him to us. Is it an enjoyable film? Absolutely. But it lacks substance. There are many funny bits, so enjoy NOTHING SACRED for what it is.

Where's your sense of chivalry?
LW