Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, and vice versa. Love before Breakfast is the old plot malarkey [from the Faith Baldwin novel Spinster Dinner] wrapped up in some pretty fancy trimmings and handled capably by all departments to rate as fairly good entertainment.

Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, and vice versa. Love before Breakfast is the old plot malarkey [from the Faith Baldwin novel Spinster Dinner] wrapped up in some pretty fancy trimmings and handled capably by all departments to rate as fairly good entertainment.

A society girl (Carole Lombard) loves a boy, and is in turn loved by a wealthy big business man. Latter gives the boy a job in Japan to get him out of the way so he can go to town with the lady, lavish her with gifts and win her over. He does, after 65 minutes. In fact, he wins her sooner than that, only the lady won’t admit it, and the last half concerns her spectacular exhibition of the correct way to hold out.

Lombard wears some stunning clothes and conducts herself competently. Janet Beecher plays her broadminded mother for all that the part’s worth, and a lot more. Betty Lawford is a good-looking femme semi-menace. In the male contingent are Preston Foster, the b.b. man, in a much lighter role than he’s usually holding; Cesar Romero is the unsympathetic other-man role.

Love Before Breakfast

Production

Universal. Director Walter Lang; Producer Edmund Grainger; Screenplay Herbert Fields; Camera Ted Tetzlaff; Editor Maurice Wright; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director Albert D'Agostino

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 65 MIN.

With

Carole Lombard Preston Foster Janet Beecher Cesar Romero Betty Lawford
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