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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Paradise for Three ( 1938 )

MGM had a knack for making great comedies and, during the 1930s especially, the studio was churning them out a dime a dozen. Paradise for Three aka Romance for Three was a particularly fun MGM comedy that featured the always delightful duo of Robert Young and Florence Rice. Its Alpine setting and the presence of, no less than, seven great character actors make it stand out among all the other top features MGM released in 1938. 

The sparkling George Oppenheimer-Harry Ruskin script ( based upon Erich Kastner's novel "Three Men in the Snow" ) follows the escapades of a wealthy industrialist named Tobar ( Frank Morgan ) who decides to go slumming by taking a vacation in the Alps in the guise of a poor villager. While on holiday he becomes smitten with a gold-digging divorcee ( Mary Astor ) and befriends a poor but intelligent young man ( Robert Young ) who just so happens to be in love with his daughter ( Florence Rice ). Ah yes, romance has a way of blossoming even in the snowdrifts. 

"Yodeling around with that hussy!"

Every decade gave birth to its own unique style of films and Paradise for Three is certainly a product of its time. Like the music of the era, it is bouncing, bubbly entertainment that leaves you with a marvelous carefree feeling. 
Young and Rice received top-billing on the credits but Frank Morgan is the true star of the picture. Morgan was excellent in just about every film he made, but none showcases his fine comedic flair as well as Paradise for Three. Tobar is the perfect role for Morgan, a bumbling and sometimes silly, but lovable and respectable, businessman. 

This was the fifth film which united Young and Rice, who made a lovely screen-couple. Supporting them were Edna May Oliver ( always a hoot ), Sig Rumann, Reginald Owen, Herman Bing, and Henry Hull. 

5 comments:

  1. An adorable movie. I remember catching it early one morning on TCM and feeling "bouncy and bubbly" for the rest of the day.

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    1. And - like champagne - the film improves with age. ;-)

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  2. Wow, I don't think I've seen PARADISE FOR THREE. But I'm a Frank Morgan fan and think I'd enjoy it based on your review. It's on my wanna-see list now!

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    1. I hope you do get to see it, Rick. It's become one of my favorites. The script is cleverly written.

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  3. Hi there :D
    I’m new to your blog and to the whole classic movie fandom in general. However, you have me fascinated with the black and white gems!! I’m loving this and I just wanted to say that you’re doing a great job :)

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