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Terrible acting by Bennett, great acting by Kelton
Although this is a more-or-less standard story from Hollywood for the times, it still is entertaining. Unfortunately, Constance Bennett almost ruins its by some of the worst acting in Hollywood history. She is totally unbelievable in this role. Joel McCrea must have been embarrassed to work with he in this film. On the other hand, Pert Kelton does a great job.A big question is what made Bennett so popular? Her lame acting and overmade-up looks spoiled her movies. Take that makeup off and she must have been horrifying to look at. She simply was not pretty at all.
bed of roses
- kevin sellers
It's ok. The story of thief/gold digger Constance Bennet falling suddenly (and inexplicably) for straight arrow Joel Mc Rae, with zero conflict or complication, is not the most compelling of tales. And since there are no memorable action scenes or set pieces from director Gregory La Cava to draw us in, and since the action scenes that are there, like the pallid Mardi Gras party, is underwhelming to say the least, this film depends heavily on the quality of the writing and acting. Unfortunately, both departments come up short. The screenplay by La Cava, Wanda Tuchock and Eugene (Don't call me William Makepeace) Thackery lacks the usual sparkle and wit of La Cava's best work like "My Man Godfrey" and "Primrose Path" while Bennet's performance sedulously copies Jean Harlow and Pert Kelton strives to emulate Mae West. I do agree with Will Fox (now there's a first!) that Mc Rae breathes life into what could have been an exercise in male stolidity. And I very much like the fact that Kelton's lusty cynic has the last line. Give it a C plus.
Another gem that hasn't been made into a DVD.
This is a gem, made in 1933, so the film is a bit ragged. This should be digitized and put on a DVD for sale. Its a sassy pre code film, that you can watch with your mother in law. Adult, witty, and built with solid realism, but as syrupy as it could have been, its a believable Love Conquers All film that puts most of todays entertainment products to shame. Bennett as always was a knock out who didn't need to show her lithe figure without taking her clothes off.
Revealing Joel McCrea
- Will Fox
Wised-up American woman redeems herself, Constance Bennett earns integrity and true love. Even more revealing is young Joel McCrea. BED OF ROSES displays his genuine charms. Maestro McCrea earns promotions in Hollywood, to star in future classics: FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, PALM BEACH STORY, and then the western drama, RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY. All are four-stars films. Joel McCrea again and again wins hearts and praises among classic film aficionados.
- Patrick V. Casali
I was very impressed with the quality and subject matter of "Bed of Roses." The acting was superb with Joan Bennett and Joel McCrea creating believable and interesting characters. Both have a fine flair for comedy and pathos when needed. The racy story is obviously pre-Hayes Act (1934)Hollywood's self-imposeded (with a little arm-twisting from the Catholic Church) guardianship of America's morals. (!) Bennett and her girlfriend are dedicated (but sympathetic) gold-diggers from the "wrong side of the tracks", and, with no apologies, thank you! That is ntil, one falls in love and decides to become a good-girl. How she gets to that point is what the movie is all about, and is most entertaining while she's getting there. Also, there's a lot of Mae West one-liners and mimicry that would have made La West proud. Bennet and McCrea are in top form and unbelievably beautiful--the electricity between them gives off sparks. One of the funniest sequences is with that great comprimario character actor Franklin Pangborn as manager of a ladies lingerie department.