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She’s Got Everything (1937)
May 26, 2014, 2:28 pm
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Director: Joseph Santley
3 Stars
She's Got EverythingThe last of five films that paired Ann Sothern and Gene Raymond, She’s Got Everything sees Sothern star as a broke heiress who seeks secretarial work in order to pay off her father’s debts. As content as she is to work for her money, her creditors are much more eager for her to marry her employer (Raymond) in order to assure the quick delivery of their owed funds. For the time, the film is fairly progressive in its treatment of the working woman–although much of the supporting cast tells Sothern that having a job is worthless when she can marry into wealth, their conservative antagonism creates the conflict of the film. Sothern’s character is a clear predecessor to one of her most beloved, Maisie Ravier of the series of ten Maisie films. She’s sexy, quick-witted, and seeks romance only once her independence has been established. Gene Raymond is not the most versatile of leading men (and he’s all but swallowed whole when he shares the screen with the incomparably charismatic Sothern), but he does show a nice comic timing early on as the coffee magnate with a laundry list of allergies. Co-stars Helen Broderick and Victor Moore are once again a highly memorable duo (after their pairing earlier that year in Meet the Missus), with their developing romance defined by Broderick’s sexual aggressiveness and Moore’s barbed rebuttals.

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