Man of the Moment (1935)

Man of the Moment (1935)


1935’s Man of the Moment is a surprisingly funny, if slightly dark, little gem of a romantic comedy made in Britain, but starring two American actors: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Laura La Plante.

Snapshot Summary: Laura La Plante plays Mary Briany, a London secretary in love with her boss (Wyndham Goldie), who barely realizes she exists. After said boss arrives late to work with the other secretary in tow, both still in evening clothes, and Mary’s demoted doing the other secretary’s grunt work…well, she’s had it. She quits on the spot. Inspired by a sensationalist account of a recent suicide whose unrequited love wept bitter tears after her death, Mary tries unsuccessfully to drown herself in the river. (“I intend to die with an expression of peace on my face that surpasses understanding!”) Under protest, she’s fished out by a passing gentleman named Tony Randall (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), who takes her home to keep her from being arrested (suicide is a crime, you know!), dry off, and straighten up. Trouble is, Mary wants no part of this rescuing business, and Tony, who is flat broke and engaged to be married in the morning to his wealthy fiancée, finds himself stuck between keeping Mary from escaping back to the river, and his fiancée from discovering that there’s a woman hiding in his spare room.

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Hello world, and welcome to my blog! I’m Ruth Sherwood (after the fabulous Betty Garrett’s character in My Sister Eileen), AKA The Counterfeit Writer. I’ve been a long-time classic film fan and avid blog-reader, and finally decided that I needed to launch a blog of my own, both to share my opinions on all the movies I’ve been watching, and to practice my rusty writing skills.

I love all things classic film, mostly from the Golden Era, although I make forays into silents and modern movies at intervals. My perennial favorites are Technicolor musicals, film noir, screwball comedy, and anything with amazing costumes, but I’m discovering new aspects about classic movies to appreciate all the time.

Much as I love classic movies, I also love vintage art and graphic design. In keeping with The Counterfeit Writer’s theme of “blogging the vintage visual arts,” in addition to my thoughts on old movies, you can expect to see posts on things like fashion in film, vintage art, illustrations, decorative book covers, set design, possibly the odd book review, and anything else that I happen to find interesting.

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