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My weakness

Author: B G De SylvaDavid ButlerBert HanlonBen RyanLeo RobinAll authors
Publisher: United States : Fox Film Corp., ©1933.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : English
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"Above the clouds, Dan Cupid exits a heart-shaped door in his house. While sitting on a cloud and speaking to the audience, he shoots arrows into a couple sitting together in the world below on a park bench, who then emphatically embrace. Cupid then relates the difficulty that he is having in getting his arrows into a young playboy, Ronnie Gregory, whose wealthy uncle Ellery is the president of a successful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: UCLA preservation
Sophisticated comedies
Musicals
Features
Drama
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: B G De Sylva; David Butler; Bert Hanlon; Ben Ryan; Leo Robin; Richard A Whiting; Arthur C Miller; Kenneth Strickfaden; Gordon Wiles; Rita Kaufman; Joe Strassner; Arthur Lange; Irene Morra; Lilian Harvey; Lew Ayres; Charles Butterworth; Harry Langdon; Sid Silvers; Irene Bentley; Henry Travers; Mary Howard; Irene Ware; Barbara Weeks; Susan Fleming; Harry Woods; Will Rogers; Clara Bow; Warner Baxter; Janet Gaynor; Fox Film Corporation.
OCLC Number: 423229551
Notes: Screwball comedy; musical; feature.
Bracketed cast credit supplied from xerox of studio records provided by AFI cataloger. Cameos described in: Motion picture guide, 1985. Bracketed production credits supplied from: Copyright catalog, 1912-1939; AFI catalog, 1931-1940.
"Western Electric Noiseless Recording."
Playing time on release was 74 min., according to: AFI catalog, 1931-1940.
Copyright: Fox Film Corp.; 18Sep33; LP4148.
Exit music at end of last reel.
"Passed by National Board of Review."
Credits: Music and lyrics, B.G. DeSylva, Leo Robin and Richard Whiting; photography, Arthur Miller; sound, Kenneth Strickfaden; settings, Gordon Wiles; gowns, Rita Kaufman and Joe Strassner; musical director, Arthur Lange. [Editor, Irene Morra. Songs: Gather lip rouge while you may, Be careful and How do I look, music and lyrics by B.G. DeSylva, Leo Robin and Richard Whiting].
Performer(s): Cast: Lilian Harvey (Looloo Blake) and Lew Ayres (Ronnie Gregory). With Charles Butterworth (Gerald Gregory), Harry Langdon (Cupid), Sid Silvers (Maxie), Irene Bentley (Jane Holman), Henry Travers (Ellery Gregory). Adrian Rosley (Baptiste); Mary Howard (Diana); Irene Ware (Eve); Barbara Weeks (Lois); Susan Fleming (Jacqueline); Marcelle Edwards (Marion); Marjorie King (Lillian); Jean Allen (Consuello); Gladys Blake (Mitzi); Dixie Frances (Dixie). [Harry Woods (Gordoni)]. [Cameos of Will Rogers, Clara Bow, Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor].
Other Titles: My weakness.
Responsibility: Fox Film presents ; a B.G. DeSylva production ; directed by David Butler ; story and dialogue, B.G. DeSylva ; additional dialogue, Bert Hanlon and Ben Ryan ; continuity, David Butler.

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"Above the clouds, Dan Cupid exits a heart-shaped door in his house. While sitting on a cloud and speaking to the audience, he shoots arrows into a couple sitting together in the world below on a park bench, who then emphatically embrace. Cupid then relates the difficulty that he is having in getting his arrows into a young playboy, Ronnie Gregory, whose wealthy uncle Ellery is the president of a successful brassiere factory. At the suggestion of Ellery's fiancée, Jane Holman, angry that Ronnie earlier resisted her advances, Ellery stops Ronnie's income. As Ronnie and Ellery argue about women, Ellery's hotel maid, Looloo Blake, listens, and when Ronnie spouts his belief that he could take any girl and, with a little transforming, marry her into the social register, Looloo begs him to use her to perform the feat. Ellery challenges Ronnie and offers to restore his income if he succeeds, but Ronnie, thinking Looloo to be extremely unattractive, refuses. However, when Ellery's stuck-up son Gerald, whose only pleasures are collecting stamps and eating raw carrots, refuses to talk to his father on Ronnie's behalf, Ronnie vows to marry him to Looloo. With eight of his girl friends, Ronnie forms a 'get-your-man' committee to give Looloo training in clothes, conversation, dancing, poise, 'handling bad boys, ' manners, and other needed skills. Two months later, as Ronnie is nearly overcome with bills from the experiment, Looloo, who has fallen in love with him, prepares to meet Gerald at a fashion show, which he attends for business reasons. As Ronnie shows Looloo how to kiss, Cupid encourages the couple, but their passionate rehearsal is interrupted by Looloo's beau Maxie, a stupid, but likable taxi driver whom she has tried to disinterest. At the fashion show, according to plan, Looloo piques Gerald's interest by talking about her stamp collecting, but he fails to succumb when she tries to romance him with a song and a kiss. However, when she then brandishes a raw carrot and admits, 'they're my weakness, ' Gerald, bowled over that her weakness is his weakness, kisses her passionately and repeatedly until the bench on which they sit topples over. He then proposes that they get a bunch of carrots and make a night of it. Hurt at Ronnie's lack of interest in her, Looloo vows to find his weakness. After the women give Looloo tips on how to get Gerald to propose, she uses them, to no avail, on Ronnie, whose only concerned is that he is going bankrupt because of her. Because Gerald, due to his infatuation, lets business slide, Ellery follows him to Looloo's apartment. Thinking that Ronnie was jealous of Jane's attraction to Ellery, Looloo then gets Ellery to fall for her. Looloo tells Ronnie that his uncle is in love with her, hoping that he will confess that he loves her, but Ronnie is thrilled that Ellery is no longer interested in Jane. Furious now with all men, Looloo tells both Gerald and Maxie to get out of her life. In tears, Gerald finds Maxie, also crying, on the running board of his taxi and asks for advice on how to commit suicide. Maxie takes Gerald to Gordoni, a gangster, and instructs Gerald to hit him, but Gordoni only slugs Gerald back, and he falls on Maxie. The two men cry together on the running board, and when they discover that they both love the same woman, Gerald, to comfort Maxie, states that things are not so bad and suggests 'let's be gay.' Meanwhile, Ronnie has not been able to eat or sleep, but he will not listen when his valet suggests that he is fond of Looloo. Looloo gently tells Ellery that she cannot marry him because of the difference in their ages and packs to leave, but Ronnie, who has decided to go to work for his uncle, now asks Looloo for a position working nights as her 'personal slave.' He admits that he loves her and asks forgiveness for having taken so long to find out. They kiss and Cupid, rejoicing, winks at the audience and warns them that he will do the same 'to you and you and you'"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940.

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