Finally, after years of crappy 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Public Domain prints (on both VHS and DVD), Kino has finally gotten their hands on the George Eastman House Nitrate 35mm Technicolor print of this amazingly funny screwball comedy from 1937.
Originally produced by Selznick International and distributed through United Artists, this satirical, sharp and snotty comedy is about the newspaper business in New York. And how, in a series of accidents, the newspaper promotes a dying girl on their pages who isn't really dying!
This film, along with "My Man Godfrey" and "Twentieth Century" is the best comedy Carole Lombard ever made. Fredric March also shines as the reporter. The supporting cast includes two of the best character actors of the 1930's, Walter Connolly and Charles Winninger. They're both hysterical. Look for Margaret Hamilton, Hattie McDaniel, and Frank Fay featured in a small parts too.
Ben Hecht was responsible for the screenplay, and the lush, Gershwin-esque music was composed by Oscar Levant. There's even a hot swing number by the Raymond Scott Quintette.
For my money, this was one of the 5 funniest films of the 1930's and it's great to finally get a superior quality print of it on DVD.
This DVD (or Blu Ray) is an absolute must-have.