Review: ‘Honor Among Lovers’

This comedy-drama is much along the lines of many in the series which Paramount's Long Island studio turns out.

This comedy-drama is much along the lines of many in the series which Paramount’s Long Island studio turns out.

A wealthy, young and freedom-loving businessman is nursing an impulse for one of those super feminine screen secretaries. His offer of an apartment or a long cruise frightens her into marriage with a brokerage attache, a weakling. The two set a pretty fast social pace for a married couple of their means and the crash comes when the husband embezzles the accounts entrusted to him, among which is that of his wife’s former employer.

There are no heavy dramatics at any point, it evidently having been Dorothy Arzner’s purpose to achieve results more delicately. In this she has been unusually successful, aided no little by excellent dialog and a brilliant cast.

Behind the triangle is Charles Ruggles, again as the inebriated boy friend, with Ginger Rogers as his dumb companion. Rogers has little to do but Ruggles makes all his items click.

Claudette Colbert, Fredric March and Monroe Owsley are collectively and individually a smooth working trio.

Honor Among Lovers

Production

Paramount. Dir Dorothy Arzner; Screenplay Austin Parker, Gertrude Purcell; Camera George Folsey

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Claudette Colbert Fredric March Monroe Owsley Charles Ruggles Ginger Rogers Avonne Taylor
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