Directed by Tay Garnett • 1932 • United States
Starring William Powell, Kay Francis, Aline MacMahon
One of the glories of pre-Code cinema, this exquisitely bittersweet romance endures as perhaps the finest of the six films that stars Kay Francis and William Powell made together between 1930 and 1932. He brings his urbane charm to the role of a convicted murderer being transported aboard a cruise liner from Hong Kong to San Quentin to be executed. She radiates the melancholic sincerity that made her one of the era’s brightest stars as a fellow passenger dying of an incurable disease but determined to seize life. Neither knows the other is doomed—but still, they have four weeks to find happiness in each other’s arms.