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Fashions of 1934
     

Fashions of 1934

Director: William Dieterle,

Cast: Bette Davis, William Powell, Veree Teasdale

 
Now known simply as Fashions, the lavish Warner Bros. musical Fashions of 1934 stars the unlikely but copacetic team of William Powell and Bette Davis. It all begins when genial con artist Sherwood Nash (Powell) transfers his base of operations from New York to Paris. Sensing that the fashion "racket" is a hot commodity,

Overview

Now known simply as Fashions, the lavish Warner Bros. musical Fashions of 1934 stars the unlikely but copacetic team of William Powell and Bette Davis. It all begins when genial con artist Sherwood Nash (Powell) transfers his base of operations from New York to Paris. Sensing that the fashion "racket" is a hot commodity, Nash puts all his energies into promoting heroine Lynn (Davis) as France's foremost fashion designer. Along the way, of course, Nash and Lynn fall in love, but first the plotline must find a nice way to dispose of Nash's former partner-in-crime The Duchess (Veree Teasdale), currently posing as a White Russian Countess. Fashions is the picture in which a bevy of Busby Berkeley beauties are dressed (but just barely) as harps, prompting the apocryphal admonition from a chorus girl's mother, "Mr. Berkeley, I didn't raise my daughter to be a human harp!"

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
In addition to Busby Berkeley's much vaunted production numbers, "Spin a Little Web of Dream" and "Broken Melody" -- the enjoyment on which depends largely on a modern viewer's tolerance of well-fed chorus girls and ostrich plumes -- Fashions of 1934 delivers some amusing asides from such eminent farceurs as William Powell, Hugh Herbert and Verree Teasdale, the latter this time using her famous hauteur for comedy purposes as the Grand Duchess Alix of Hoboken, NJ. Even Bette Davis, who sports a series of rather severe bleach-blond coiffures, joins in the spirit of things and some of the repartee remains highly commendable. That Fashions of 1934 is lightweight entertainment goes without saying but the old Warner Bros. spirit is always in evidence and the hour or so of nostalgic exuberance goes by painlessly.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0883316276907
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
26,100

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Lynn Mason
William Powell Sherwood Nash
Veree Teasdale Grand Duchess Alix/Mabel McGuire
Reginald Owen Oscar Baroque
Hugh Herbert Joe Ward
Frank McHugh Snap
Henry O'Neill Duryea
Phillip Reed Jimmy Blake
Gordon Westcott Harry Brent
Dorothy Burgess Glenda
Etienne Girardot Glass
George Humbert Caponelli
Harry Beresford Bookseller
Busby Berkeley Actor
William Burress Feldman
Hobart Cavanaugh M. Gautier
Spencer Charters Telephone Man
Frank Darien Jules
Jane Darwell Dowager
Helen Freeman Mme. Margot
Martin Kosleck Dance Director
Sam McDaniel Cleaning Man
Lee Phelps Desk Clerk
Georges Renavent Fashion Salon Owner
Arthur Treacher Butler
Laura Treadwell Woman
Nella Walker Mrs. Van Tyle
Juliet Ware Girl
Eric Wilton 2nd Butler
Albert Conti Actor

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Busby Berkeley Choreography
Henry Blanke Producer
Warren B. Duff Original Story
Carl Erickson Screenwriter
Sammy Fain Score Composer
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Frederick Hugh Herbert Screenwriter
Irving Kahal Score Composer
Jack Killifer Editor
Gene Markey Screenwriter
Jack Okey Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Willy Pogany Art Director,Editor
William Rees Cinematographer
Kathryn Scola Screenwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup

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