Movie Diary 1/3/2018

Splendor (Elliott Nugent, 1935). Interesting Samuel Goldwyn production, written by the popular Broadway playwright Rachel Crothers. A New York aristocratic family needs son Joel McCrea to marry a wealthy woman; instead, he weds lovable but penniless Miriam Hopkins. The family will now manipulate Hopkins into sordid behavior to bail them out. This family is so hoity-toity that despite being American they have a son played by David Niven. The film’s got some dandy one-liners, and Nugent captures a lively interplay among the actors. Gregg Toland photographed.