Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1935 • United States
Starring Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy
Mitchell Leisen first revealed his flair for screwball with this chic romantic comedy. Carole Lombard is hotel manicurist Regi Allen, whose plan to snag a rich husband is complicated when she falls in love with Theodore Drew III (Fred MacMurray, in his first of nine collaborations with the director), the playboy son of a prominent but now-bankrupt family who is also determined to marry for money. Lombard’s comedic virtuosity shines bright in her first true starring vehicle, a swooning slice of Depression-era escapism at its most effortlessly elegant.