Review: ‘Come Live with Me’

The Metro studio hasn't missed the mark as far as this for a long, long time. It is a silly piece, never believable for a moment, and its romantic and humorous shortcomings are the more conspicuous because of the apparent earnest effort to give the production good settings, fine technical trimmings and polish. Clarence Brown, who is credited both as producer and director, does not frequently muff at the boxoffice.

The Metro studio hasn’t missed the mark as far as this for a long, long time. It is a silly piece, never believable for a moment, and its romantic and humorous shortcomings are the more conspicuous because of the apparent earnest effort to give the production good settings, fine technical trimmings and polish. Clarence Brown, who is credited both as producer and director, does not frequently muff at the boxoffice.

Story is an original by Virginia Van Upp and concerns itself with the ancient cliche about the beautiful young woman who meets up suddenly with the saddened young man and proposes a trick marriage in order that she may escape deportation. For this convenience she agrees to pay the bridegroom $17.50 a week, which is enough to meet his hall bedroom overhead while he writes his first novel. Then she disappears.

All of this happens in the first reel. The only suspense from this point on is how quickly the first novel, called Without Love, is going to be accepted by the publisher, the bridal cash advance refunded and the characters transformed from puppets to people. It takes seven reels, which is too long.

As the young novelist James Stewart tries his best to create some interest in the boy typist, but there are several passages where even he seems on the verge of giving up. Hedy Lamarr is quite as unhappy in her role, despite fine photographic portraiture and a little pout or two.

Come Live with Me

Production

M-G-M. Director Clarence Brown; Producer Clarence Brown; Screenplay Patterson McNutt; Camera George Folsey; Editor Frank E. Hull; Music Herbert Stothart;; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

James Stewart Hedy Lamarr Ian Hunter Verree Teasdale Donald Meek Barton MacLane
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