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Dangerous Number(1937)

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Even though MGM never called its low-budget films B movies, they made their share. Of course, a low budget for MGM would have been a considerable figure at any other studio. Just look at this spritely romantic comedy in the vein of Columbia's more prestigious The Awful Truth (1936). Ann Sothern stars as a dancer who hastily marries silk tycoon Robert Young. When the worlds of show business and just plain business don't mix, they decide to go their separate ways, even though they're clearly in love. In fact, they're so much in love, that Sothern starts doing everything she can to get him back, including sabotaging his dates with other women and calling on ex-husband Dean Jagger to make him jealous. Even though it featured Sothern, on loan from RKO, and Young, still considered a second-string lead at the studio, its helped greatly by a strong script from Carey Wilson, one of the studio's top writers and a founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One standout role went to Maria Shelton as Young's disastrous date. After being discovered by producer Walter Wanger, the Native American actress signed with MGM with great hoopla, only to be dropped by the studio after only a few years.

By Violet LeVoit

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