Everybody Does It

Overview

A remake of Wife, Husband and Friend 1938, Everybody Does It is a frantic satire of the opera world. Businessman Paul Douglas is forced to suffer in silence when his wife Celeste Holm decides to become an opera star. Compelled to bankroll a concert for his missus, Douglas meets genuine opera diva Linda Darnell at the concert. While passing the time, Darnell discovers that Douglas in fact has a magnificent singing voice. Partly because he is flattered by Darnell's attentions, and partly to show up his wife, ...
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Overview

A remake of Wife, Husband and Friend 1938, Everybody Does It is a frantic satire of the opera world. Businessman Paul Douglas is forced to suffer in silence when his wife Celeste Holm decides to become an opera star. Compelled to bankroll a concert for his missus, Douglas meets genuine opera diva Linda Darnell at the concert. While passing the time, Darnell discovers that Douglas in fact has a magnificent singing voice. Partly because he is flattered by Darnell's attentions, and partly to show up his wife, Douglas embarks on his own operatic career. But on the night of his debut, Douglas suffers a severe attack of stage fright, gets "doped up" on medicine in order to survive the performance, and hilariously humiliates himself in front of everyone. Darnell l angrily stalks out of the scene, and the sadder-but-wiser Douglas and Celeste Holm return to each other's arms.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although its original source is (surprisingly) a novel by the eternally hardboiled James M. Cain, Everybody Does It is a fairly amusing comedy. It may not be a world beater, but it does have its share of modest delights, starting with the well-structured, if too pat, screenplay by Nunnally Johnson. It's the kind of screenplay that forces smiles from reluctant viewers, even if they can see a joke being set up and can almost beat the performers to the punch line. Edmund Goulding keeps things hopping at a sprightly pace, making sure that no one has too much time to linger over some of the implausibilities for longer than is food for them. He is helped in this by Paul Douglas, who as usual resembles a bulldog that somehow stumbled into a businessman's suit -- and quite a few other outfits in this particular instance. With his little jowls and a scowl that would not be out of place on a five-year-old, Douglas is a vulnerable curmudgeon whose trials delight the audience. Celeste Holm is a perfect foil for him, matching his grimaces with the appropriate putdown and conveying a fondness for him that always seeps through any irritation he causes. Watching these two interact, along with the luscious and dangerous Linda Darnell, is a great deal of fun. Everybody is no great shakes as a film, but it's the kind of amusing knick-knack that is always fun to run across during a dreary day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2012
  • UPC: 024543852575
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,284

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Douglas Leonard Borland
Linda Darnell Cecil Carver
Celeste Holm Doris Boreland
Charles Coburn Major Blair
Millard Mitchell Mike Craig
Lucile Watson Mrs. Blair
John Hoyt Wilkins
George Tobias Rossi
Leon Belasco Hugo
Tito Vuolo Makeup Man
Geraldine Wall Carol
Ruth Gillette Mrs. Craig
Gilbert Russell Chamberlain
John Ford Grand Priest
Aubrey Mather Mr. Hertz
Phyllis Morris Mrs. Hertz
John W. Goldsworthy Butler
Ruth Clifford Nurse
Robert Emmett Keane Hotel Manager
John Burton Mr. Murray
William Pullen Bank Teller
Jack Chefe Hairdresser
Erik Rolf Dr. Walker
Edwin Max Cleary
Jerry Miley Orderly
Dudley Dickerson Pullman Porter
William M. Griffith Makeup Man
Mabel Smaney Wardrobe woman
Jane Hamilton Secretary
George Davis French Singer
Joe Gilbert Man
Bruce Kellogg Guard
Fred Libby Guard
Sid Marion Props
Mae Marsh Housekeeper
Joan Douglas
Technical Credits
Edmund Goulding Director
James M. Cain Screenwriter
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Score Composer
Robert Fritch Editor
Richard Irvine Art Director
Nunnally Johnson Producer, Screenwriter
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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