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Scene of the Day: Design for Living (1933)

“It's true we have our gentleman's agreement. But I unfortunately am no gentleman.”

--Gilda (Miriam Hopkins) to George (Gary Cooper) after the departure of Tom (Frederic March) to London in Ernst's Lubitsch's “Design for Living” (1933).

The gentleman's agreement referenced above was that all three could live together—both men in love with her and she in love with both of them—only if there was no sex. That fell apart with Tom's departure to London. But the movie ended happily, if not traditionally, with the three reunited and ready to make another go of it ... so to speak. The movie, which should've been called “A Gentleman's Agreement,” is one of the pre-code Hollywood films that have been resurrected in the last two decades, and which remind us that, yes, Virginia, people did talk sex and have sex before 1962.

scene from "Design for Living" (1933)

Gilda, soft “G,” suggesting softness.

No tagsPosted at 08:34 AM on Tue. Feb 07, 2012 in category Scene of the Day  


Daniel Davenport wrote:

I wonder if this 1947 Best Picture winner is the reason that this movie was called “Design for Living” and not “A Gentleman's Agreement.”

Comment posted on Wed. Feb 08, 2012 at 09:09 AM

Daniel Davenport wrote:

Oops. I just realized that “Design for Living” was from 15 years earlier, so probably not so much. My apologies.

Comment posted on Wed. Feb 08, 2012 at 09:11 AM

Erik wrote:

Rule No.1 on Readers, particularly the self-correcting kind, never need apologize

Comment posted on Wed. Feb 08, 2012 at 09:22 AM
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