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Matt Hough

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Dorothy Arzner’s Merrily We Go to Hell offers a clear-eyed view of Hollywood’s ideas about marriage in the pre-code era.



Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)



Released: 10 Jun 1932
Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 78 min




Director: Dorothy Arzner
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance



Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Writer(s): Edwin Justus Mayer (screen play), Cleo Lucas (story "I, Jerry, Take Thee, Joan")



Plot: A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.



IMDB rating: 6.8
MetaScore: N/A





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Studio: Criterion
Distributed By: N/A
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Josh Steinberg

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Very nice review, Matt. I watched this during my Cary Grant-a-thon a few years ago and it’s quite heavy hitting and frank for its era.

The collector in me wants this for my Grant library but it’s such a difficult movie to watch that I’m not sure it would be worthwhile for me personally. But when has that stopped me in the past? :)
 

usrunnr

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We watched this last night on the old DVD, paired with "The Cheat".
Very interesting films, ahead of their time.
Both films have moralistic/ethical endings that, I assume, are supposed to make up for the
corrupt deserts that went before. "Merrily" looked very good on DVD, so I'm sure the Blu will be excellent. "Cheat" was not quite as pristine. Nice double features though.
 

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