Man-Proof is a smartly produced, well-directed and excellently acted society comedy-drama [from a story by Fanny Heaslip Lea]. Action takes place in exclusive country homes, the art department of a New York daily, and some gay Manhattan night clubs.

Man-Proof is a smartly produced, well-directed and excellently acted society comedy-drama [from a story by Fanny Heaslip Lea]. Action takes place in exclusive country homes, the art department of a New York daily, and some gay Manhattan night clubs.

Myrna Loy plays a young woman who has just received a rude jolt from the man she loves (Walter Pidgeon) when she is handed a message that he is to marry one of her rich girlfriends (Rosalind Russell) and the couple invite her to be a bridesmaid. It’s a shock, but she is a thoroughbred and she hides her disappointment and resentment. Thereafter the story recounts, more or less interestingly, the thoughts and actions of a girl on the rebound from a thwarted love affair.

Loy registers the serious aspects of the character effectively. It’s her comedy bits, however, which score. With very little to do, Russell does it very well. As most of the talk is about the husband, played by Pidgeon, something more is expected of the character than is conceived by the writers. Franchot Tone is an irresponsible newspaperman with a rather bitter and cynical viewpoint on life, love and women.

Man-Proof

Production

M-G-M. Director Richard Thorpe; Producer Louis D. Lighton; Screenplay Vincent Lawrence, Waldemar Young, George Oppenheimer; Camera Karl Freund; Editor George Boemler; Music Frank Waxman

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 80 MIN.

Cast

Myrna Loy Franchot Tone Rosalind Russell Walter Pidgeon Rita Johnson Ruth Hussey
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