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Thumbnail for Design for Living (1933) Design for Living (1933)

Basics Critics:71Viewers:66Rusty:80
Category: Comedy, RomanceNotable as: Romance FilmSub-Category: Romance Film, ComedyNarrative location: New York City, ParisRuntime: 88 - 91 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: English, FrenchCountry: United StatesDirector: Ernst Lubitsch, Ben HechtScreenwriter: Ben Hecht, Noël CowardBased on: Design for LivingMusic: John LeipoldCinematography: Victor MilnerStars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Wyndham Standing, Lionel Belmore, William Worthington, Isabel Jewell, Jane Darwell Producer: Ernst LubitschStudio: Paramount PicturesAward details: (details at IMDb)

Design for Living is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Fredric March, Gary Cooper, and Miriam Hopkins. Based on the 1932 play Design for Living by Noël Coward, with a screenplay by Ben Hecht, the film is about a woman who cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship. Criticism was mixed, with some critics praising the film, but many were ambivalent about its great departure from Coward's play. Coward said, "I'm told that there are three of my original lines left in the film—such original ones as 'Pass the mustard'." The film was a box office success, ranking as one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1933. All three of the lead actors—March, Cooper, and Hopkins—received attention from this film as they were all at the peak of their careers.

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