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Man of the World

Man of the World(1931)

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Working titles for this film were Cavalier of the Streets and Gentleman of the Streets. Onscreen credits and most reviews list Richard Wallace as director, however, Motion Picture Herald lists Wallace as co-director with Edward Goodman, whom Motion Picture Almanac lists as dialogue director. According to a January 21, 1931 news item in Variety, Paramount gave Goodman, a New York stage director, his first screen assignment as co-director with Wallace on this film. This was William Powell and Carole Lombard's first film together. They both starred (with Kay Francis) in Paramount's 1931 film Ladies' Man and in the 1936 Universal film My Man Godfrey. They were married in 1931 and divorced in 1933. Motion Picture Herald calls Powell's character "Michael Wagstag," which was used in an early script. Both an early script and the New York Times review mention the fact that Michael tears up the check without Irene knowing he has, but in the print viewed, it is implied that Irene sees the torn check float away on the waves.