TRUE CONFESSION
1937, Universal, 85 min, USA, Dir: Wesley Ruggles

Director Wesley Ruggles helmed this rarely screened screwball comedy. Pathological liar Carole Lombard tries to boost the career of her scrupulously honest (and thus unsuccessful) lawyer husband (Fred MacMurray) by confessing to a murder so he can defend her. John Barrymore is an egotistical opportunist who tries to blackmail her, with hilarious results. “Lombard is in full command of her daffy talent, dominating a number of long, virtuoso takes. One scene with slow-burning cop Edgar Kennedy is like a master class in comic timing.” – Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine


I’M NO ANGEL
1933, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Wesley Ruggles

Singing, dancing lion tamer Mae West goes from Big Bill Barton’s Wonder Show to the bright lights of the Big Apple in this saucy romantic comedy. Wealthy Cary Grant is one of the men smitten with West, until her past threatens their engagement. But Mae isn’t one to take “no” for an answer! The blonde sex symbol penned the dialogue to this pre-Code hit – arguably her best - enshrining such lines as “It's not the men in your life that count, it's the life in your men” in movie immortality.


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