Biography of a Bachelor Girl Film Details
Overview: Everyweek Newsmagazine editor Richard Kurt pursues psuedo-portait artist Marion Forsythe on her arrival from Europe after painting (and possibly being involved with) notables all over the …
Tagline: A Bachelor Girl Leads A Merry Life!
Review: Ann Harding was like a rainbow in the early sound days – she was a Broadway star who came to Hollywood and just wowed everyone with her unique talent, not to mention her silvery blonde hair and her sultry honeyed voice which always seemed to indicate that she would be just as happy having a beer with the boys as residing in the most exclusive penthouse. Unfortunately she had her share of “stinkers”, films in which she portrayed women too noble for any mere mortal and with her wicked sense of humor kept on a short leash (ie “Gallant Lady” (1933)) and audiences soon tired of her. Every so often she came up trumps ie “The Lady Consents” (1936) and “Love From a Stranger” (1937) but definitely not this movie taken from the 1932 Broadway play “Biography” which showcased a glowing Ina Claire. It starts out in an interesting “I want to see more” type of way. Marion Forsythe (Harding), a glamorous artist is the woman all America is talking about – her affairs in Europe have become legend. Steely editor Richard Kurt (Robert Montgomery) is determined that his magazine will be the one to publish her scandalous biography – if he can convince her to. Meanwhile, her first “beau from Knoxville” is now a jittery would be Senator, Leander Nolan (Edward Everett Horton) who is eager to see that the biography is never published, fearing it would stymie his political career as well as his coming marriage to Slade (lovely Una Merkel who unfortunately has to keep her usual quick witted personality under a bush for this movie). Behind Kurt’s business like persona are memories of a harsh childhood and a resentment toward the rich and flighty of society but Marion soon shows him she is a regular gal!! This is when the movie starts to unravel. Richard takes Marion to his mountain cabin so they can work in peace and they instantly fall afoul of the suspicious locals who look aghast at her “bohemian” ways (all except nice Donald Meek) and they are then invaded by Nolan, Slade and her father. The ending has Nolan confessing to Marion that he doesn’t love Slade but has always carried a torch for her, with Marion managing to convince him that Slade is really his ideal match. Apparently the movie had originally been intended to star Marion Davies and I think she would have been great. You couldn’t get two stars more dis-similar and I think Ann was just too sincere and “earth bound” to be believable as the frivolous Bohemian who is quick to put her past behind her and settle down with solemn Richard.
Duration: 82 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Also known as: Biografía de una soltera,Biography of a Bachelor Girl,Biography of a Bachelor,Confissões de uma Solteira