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Overview: Working-class girl Stephanie Dale dreams of living a better life and a chance to break into high society is more important than anything else for her.
Review: In 1931 Constance Bennett’s star shone brighter than ever. At this point of her career she was Hollywood’s highest paid actress. While filming BOUGHT, Warner Brothers paid her the all-time high salary of $30.000 a week. This is a superior Pre-code drama film and one of Constance Bennett’s most unusual films, but certainly one of her best. The advertising slogan for BOUGHT was : “She sold her self for a taste of life”. When the film came out in 1931 it received rave reviews, above all because of Constance Bennetts natural acting and her fine portrayal of a modern girl. It was one of her most successful films. It’s a good story – Constance Bennett is cast as a young woman of rather poor background who lives with her mother. When her mother dies she moves to an apartment. She gets a job as a fashion model at a modiste shop where she meets an elderly man (played by Bennett’s real life father Richard). She loves to read literature and he gives her a few books with rather suggestive titles (including James Harvey Robinson’s “The mind in the making” and Molnar’s “Eva and Derelict boat”) and they soon become friends. But she is put off by his age and later she gets bored by his company and she begins to avoid him. She falls for a young writer (Ben Lyon), but what she desires is a wealthy society life and she starts an affair with a rich guy (Ray Milland). But she does not feel happy with him. The film has nothing really spectacular, but it’s a very engaging, charming and beautiful film. It’s indeed very well and naturally acted by Constance – less melodramatic than in her previous films – and she’s a powerful presence here. She makes her character sensitive, intelligent and alluring, and she looks more beautiful than ever. I never saw her look any better. In my opinion this is Constance Bennett at her best. Another highlight of BOUGHT is the presence of Richard Bennett who gives a very poignant and realistic portrayal as her father. His screen presence is really something special here. What makes this film rather touching is the fact that Constance Bennett befriends a mysterious elderly man, a man unknown to her, but he is her long lost father. BOUGHT is somewhat more realistic than Constance Bennett’s previous films like THE EASIEST WAY, SIN TAKES A HOLIDAY or BORN TO LOVE. There’s also some nice music in the background now and then, which heightens the atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Duration: 92 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
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