Thursday, October 16, 2014
Design for Living (1933)
Gina (Miriam Hopkins) meets George (Gary Cooper) and Tom (Frederic March) on a train. She is working as an illustrator for advertising and they are a struggling painter and play write, respectively. Max, Gina's boss, is clearly over the moon about her, but she is much more attracted to the two handsome strangers she has met. She has a go with each of them, and even after that, she still cannot decide, so they decide to swear off sex and work on their careers. Which is wildly successful in terms of fame and fortune, but they are still stuck, with Gina unable to choose between the two friends.
The movie is witty and fun, and risque for the time, I would think. They talk about sex and sleep in big beds, so there is no hiding what is going on--it predates the Production Code by a couple of years, which made prudishness the law, which may explain how it manages to look much more modern than other older movies, and just shows that sex has always sold well.