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Nothing Sacred
     

Nothing Sacred

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Director: William Wellman, Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger

Cast: William Wellman, Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger

 

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It's always interesting to watch DVD versions of films from the Golden Age of Hollywood to see how the transfer holds up and to see how creative the producers of the DVD can be in providing extras when most if not all of the original players are no longer with us. With Nothing Sacred, very competent job is done here to provide interest features, although they

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It's always interesting to watch DVD versions of films from the Golden Age of Hollywood to see how the transfer holds up and to see how creative the producers of the DVD can be in providing extras when most if not all of the original players are no longer with us. With Nothing Sacred, very competent job is done here to provide interest features, although they are decidedly slanted to focusing on Carole Lombard as opposed to her co-star Fredric March. The film itself holds up very well. As one of the very first Technicolor films ever made, it's astonishing to realize that the primary hues of the original three-strip color process are sometimes visible due to the clarity of the digital image. It doesn't take anything away from the film, an acknowledged classic, but with it's brief running length of just over an hour, the DVD certainly requires some padding to make it worthwhile. In addition to the original theatrical trailer, which is always fun to compare from the early stages of the form to today's movie-in-a-minute versions, the DVD includes two Mack Sennett produced silent comedies featuring Lombard as a stock player. These shorts, Campus Vamp and Matchmaking Mama, are pleasant enough and good examples of Lombard's work in silent films before she became a star as a featured comedienne. The shorts also feature new scores by Lee Erwin. The other extra is the inclusion of some home movies shot by Lombard and her husband Clark Gable. These are innocuous enough but don't really provide any interesting insight into the stars themselves. One could suppose that the circumstances surrounding their marriage and the well-known tragic end of Lombard's life lend a certain poignancy to them but they are merely curiosities. Regardless, it's clear the DVD producers had an appreciation for the talent that was Carole Lombard.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Nothing Sacred is among the best screwball comedies of the 1930s, and one of the few to have been filmed in Technicolor. Carole Lombard and Fredric March lead a strong, versatile cast, and William Wellman's crisp direction keeps the story brisk and peppy. Screenwriter Ben Hecht gives the story an unusually sardonic edge, with fine dialogue and interesting secondary plot twists. Overall, the film plays well for current-day audiences, and the New York location gives the film a distinctive visual texture. One amusing bit of irony is the name and profession of Oliver Stone, the character played by Walter Connolly, a newspaper editor willing to alter facts to fit his needs. Nothing Sacred was released in 1937, nine years before the birth of future screenwriter/director Oliver Stone.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0089218307491
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
44,444

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Lombard Hazel Flagg
Fredric March Wally Cook
Charles Winninger Dr. Enoch Downer
Walter Connolly Oliver Stone
Sig Rumann Dr. Emile Egglehoffer
Frank Fay Master of Ceremonies
Raymond Scott Quintette Orchestra
"Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom Max Levinsky
Alexander Schoenberg Dr. Kerchinwisser
Alex Novinsky Dr. Marachuffsky
Aileen Pringle Mrs. Bullock
Monica Bannister "Pocahontas"
Billy Barty Little Boy
Shirley Chambers "Lady Godiva"
Jinx Falkenburg Katinka
Ray Scott Quintet Orchestra
Kathrun Sheldon Downer's Nurse
Troy Brown Ernest Walker
Margaret Hamilton Drug Store Lady
Everett Brown Policeman
Nora Cecil Schoolteacher
George Chandler Photographer
Ann Doran Telephone girl
Claire Du Brey Miss Rafferty, Nurse
Bill Dunn Electrician
Hedda Hopper Dowager
Art Lasky Mug
Vera Lewis Miss Sedgewick
Hattie McDaniel Mrs. Walker
Ben Morgan Wrestler
Lee Phelps Electrician
John Qualen Swedish Fireman
Charles Richman Mayor
Cyril Ring Pilot
Hans Steinke Wrestler
A.W. Sweatt Office boy
Ernest Whitman Policeman
Monty Woolley Dr. Vunch
Olin Howland Baggage Man

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Louis Forbes Musical Direction/Supervision
W. Howard Greene Cinematographer
Hal Kern Editor
Ring Lardner Screenwriter
Oscar Levant Score Composer
James Newcom Editor
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Budd Schulberg Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [12:22]
3. Chapter 2 [15:37]
4. Chapter 3 [8:42]
5. Chapter 4 [25:28]

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