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After graduation from Hampden University, Bill "Lightning" Graham, a football star, and Ann Carver, who just passed her bar exam, marry. Instead of pursuing a career in law, Ann takes on the role of housewife, while Bill is employed as a draftman. When Ann is asked to take on a highly profiled legal case, she accepts, and wins. She becomes an overnight success and a media darling. Meanwhile, Bill's career is stagnate and Ann is supporting him financially causing the couple to spend less time together. Bill decides to take a job at "Club Mirador" to make more money. Carole Rogers, a sexy alcoholic singer at the club is taken by Bill's good-looks, voice and physic. She makes a pass at him when Ann walks into the club leaving Ann with the impression that Bill is cheating on her. After Ann's accusations, Bill moves out. Carole knowing this, comes to Bill's apartment to seduce him. He rejects her and leaves. Carole becomes drunk and falls over his sofa catching her necklace on it and ... Written by
There are some films that stand the test of time. "Ann Carver's
Profession" DEFINITELY isn't one of them.
This 1933 film stars Fay Wray, Gene Raymond, and Claire Dodd. The story
will leave you in shock.
Raymond plays a college football star, Bill Graham, who now is working
his way up in business, except that he feels stagnant. His wife Ann
(Wray) was an attorney, and now she's his wife, and they're very much
in love. One night at a party, she criticizes a big attorney for the
way he's trying a case, and he wants to hire her. Her husband is
thrilled for her and very proud.
Ann becomes a star overnight when she replaces the lead attorney on a
case that will have your jaw drop to the floor. A man is on trial for
consorting with a black woman he claims he did not know was black. She
is on the stand and has to show her shoulder so that everyone can see
her skin is darker than it is on her face. Ann wins the case by
bringing women in wearing bathing suits and asking the prosecution to
pick out the black women.
Okay, we made it through. The boss is so impressed that he gives her
$5,000, equal to $84,000 today - this is when people made something
like $100 a month, and that was a good salary. Her husband has just
gotten a raise, but when she shows him her check, he doesn't say
anything about it.
As Ann becomes more famous, Bill feels like he's going nowhere. He
takes a job singing in a nightclub, which in the beginning Ann wanted
him to take. Now, she's embarrassed and furious. He meets a woman there
who is crazy about him; he starts drinking and the two have an affair.
One night, she dies by accident. Bill is arrested for her murder. Ann
Ann is clearly portrayed as the villain here, putting her career before
her husband and becoming haughty. Today when she got married, she would
have kept working. In those days, the husband was considered a failure
if his wife worked. Two-career households are very difficult, no one is
denying that, and finding time together takes work and commitment. But
that isn't what Ann Carver's Profession is about. It's about the
importance of a woman putting her husband and her husband's ego first
and taking a back seat.
Someone mentioned Fay Wray's acting in the courtroom scene as being
over the top. Watch John Beal's courtroom speech in Madame X. Today it
seems over the top. Back then, that was considered good acting. A lot
of actors came from the stage and brought that training to film, and I
think the acting on stage back then was a little bigger than we see
today. As Bette Davis said, "Actors today want to be real. But real
acting is larger than life." If you see this listed on TCM, take a look
at it. It's a wonderful look at the mores and attitudes back then, so
different from what they are today. The cast is good, and the film
moves quickly. It's an artifact -- in fact, it's an antique.
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