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I Live My Life (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 4 October 1935 (USA)
Kay, a bored society girl from New York, takes a trip to Greece-where she meets, Terry, an archaeologist. Kay flirts with Terry and he falls for Kay. Kay heads back to New York and Terry ... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Gottfried Reinhardt (story), Ethel B. Borden (story) (as Ethel Borden) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Kay Bentley
Brian Aherne ... Terence 'Terry' O'Neill
Frank Morgan ... G.P. Bentley
Aline MacMahon ... Betty Collins
Eric Blore ... Grove, Bentley's Butler
Fred Keating ... Gene Piper
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. O.H.B. Gage, Kay's Grandmother
Arthur Treacher ... Gallup, Mrs. Gage's Butler
Frank Conroy ... Doctor
Etienne Girardot ... Professor
Esther Dale ... Brumbaugh, Mrs. Gage's Housekeeper
Hale Hamilton ... Uncle Carl
Hilda Vaughn ... Miss Ann Morrison
Frank Shields ... Outer Office Secretary
Sterling Holloway ... Max
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Storyline

Kay, a bored society girl from New York, takes a trip to Greece-where she meets, Terry, an archaeologist. Kay flirts with Terry and he falls for Kay. Kay heads back to New York and Terry follows her to propose marriage. Terry sees Kays lifestyle is uncomfortable. He decides to leave, but, Mrs. Gage (Kay's grandmother) encourages Terry to stay. They become engaged. Just before the wedding Kay and Terry have a huge quarrel. Will Terry be left at the altar? Written by Kelly

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Taglines:

Millionaires wearied her! Playboys bored her! The dancing lady has a new sweetheart..! (Print ad- Otsego Farmer, ((Cooperstown, NY)) 2 October 1936) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glitter See more »

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Budget:

$586,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A different ending was shot for the British release, which toned down the behavior of 'Brian Aherne' at the wedding. See more »

Goofs

When being carried down the hill after hurting her ankle Kay Bently's (Joan Crawford) blouse goes from soiled to clean several times. See more »

Quotes

Kay Bentley: It's my life! and I'll live it the way I want! Upside down, catty-corner or slidin' down a pole!
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In the opening credits there's a background scenery of Greece. See more »

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Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
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Joan Digs What's On The Dig
16 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Joan Crawford gets a change from being a taxi dancer or a shop girl and is a full fledged heiress in I Live My Life. She's living it pretty good too, far better than most in her Depression era audience were. She's on a nice holiday in Europe and comes upon an archaeological dig in Greece. A rare statue is unearthed, but the debonair Irish archaeologist doing the digging played by Brian Aherne interests Ms. Crawford far more.

Our heiress is quite the flirt, movie heiresses back then always were, but she sure hooks Aherne. The problem is she's already engaged to the wealthy and snooty Fred Keating back in New York. And she may have to marry him. Her dad is Frank Morgan and he's got a few bucks, but the real money is with her tyrannical grandma Jessie Ralph. There's reason personal and financial to marry Keating. And as the popular song of the day went, all Aherne has to give is love. And Keating is such a drip.

Although Crawford is one sly little minx in this film, Aherne's charm and sincerity really get to her. In fact they got to me as he gives the film's best performance. Frank Morgan is always good and he's his usual befuddled self. He actually married into the money, Joan's mother is deceased and he lives to a lesser degree on the largess of his mother-in-law.

I wish Aline McMahon and Sterling Holloway as Aherne's assistants had more to do in I Live My Life. They always add to any film they're in.

I Live My Life is not one of Joan's better films, but entertaining enough. The question is will Aherne live Joan's life or will Joan start living Aherne's? Back then there was only one way to go.


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