Man of the World (1931)

After a scandal, reporter Michael Trevor (William Powell) left America for Paris where he claims to be writing a novel. Ha! His income actually comes from blackmailing like Mary Kendell’s (Carole Lombard’s) rich Uncle Harry. Though it’s not his custom to prey upon women, Michael’s partner in crime and former lover Irene convinces him to black mail sweet Mary. She’s sure he’ll make so much he’ll be able to afford to have the time to write a novel.

Soon Michael falls for Mary’s charms, but Irene is expecting a windfall. How can he put an end to this con? He’d like to propose to Mary but how can he without revealing what he’s really been up to? Mary’s dilemma is that she’s already engaged. Her feelings grow for Michael and she vacillates between writing her fiancé a Dear John letter or not.

Man of the World, like the other Carole Lombard films I’ve seen, is fine, light entertainment. Michael’s blackmailing isn’t charming, but we like Powell enough to overlook that but only a little. Lombard is elegant and her wardrobe sublime. Yet she had little history. What we see of Mary is superficial until the end. Clearly, they don’t know each other well enough to know whether their feelings will last beyond a holiday romance, but the film does show Michael struggle morally and the ending was realistic, not what I’d expect today. I thought the ending more satisfying than the usual Happily Ever After ones.

Sculpture Saturday

London

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Sepia Saturday

Exercising On The Beach (1935) The National Media Museum : Sepia Saturday 542, 17 October 2020

Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with a visual prompt. It’s a chance to dig through the archives and share a historical image or two, or three.

Currier & Ives, and John Cameron. The Water Jump. , ca. 1884. New York: Published by Currier & Ives. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2002698186/.
Horse in Motion, Jumping
. , ca. 1887. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2005691965/.
Harris & Ewing, photographer. Horses Jumping
. United States United States, 1928. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016888961/.

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