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Men Are Not Gods (1936)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 January 1937 (USA)
Ann Williams (Miriam Hopkins), secretary to eccentric drama critic T.H. Skeates (A.E. Matthews), is persuaded to alter a ruinous review of Shakespearean actor Edmond Davey (Sebastian Shaw) ... See full summary »


Walter Reisch


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Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Ann Williams
Gertrude Lawrence ... Barbara Halford
Sebastian Shaw ... Edmond Davey
Rex Harrison ... Tommy Stapledon
A.E. Matthews ... T. H. Skeates
Val Gielgud Val Gielgud ... The Producer
Laura Smithson Laura Smithson ... Katherine
Lawrence Grossmith Lawrence Grossmith ... Stanley (as Laurence Grossmith)
Sybil Grove Sybil Grove ... Painter
Winifred Willard Winifred Willard ... Mrs. Williams
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Gallery Attendant


Ann Williams (Miriam Hopkins), secretary to eccentric drama critic T.H. Skeates (A.E. Matthews), is persuaded to alter a ruinous review of Shakespearean actor Edmond Davey (Sebastian Shaw) by Davey's wife Barbara (Gertrude Lawrence). Davey's "Othello" becomes a hit and Ann, even though fired by Skeates, becomes a fan of Davey and starts to fall for him, much to the jealousy of her boyfriend Tommy (Sir Rex Harrison). At the prospect of involvement in an adulterous triangle, Ann recoils. But despite her resolution, the characters' love lives become ever more tangled and a real-life tragedy of Othello looms. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

18 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A férfiak nem istenek See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyde Park, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a studio press book on this movie, the demolition of the Alhambra Theatre was delayed so that it could be used for staging the play "Othello" for this production. See more »


The "goodbye" letter Ann writes to Edmund is not the same one as he is initially shown holding and reading. The words are the same, but the formatting is completely different. After speaking with Tommy, a close-up of the original is seen again. See more »


Ann Williams: I expect it was too hot for you in the street and you were thirsty. Will you have some tea?
Edmund Davey: Yes, I was thirsty. But, not for tea. Since the night you had supper with us, I have often thought about you, about your simplicity, your laugh.
Ann Williams: You must have some tea! Or, some orangeade!
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References Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »


Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
(from 'Three Little Pigs')
Written by Frank Churchill and Ann Ronell
Played as Skeates returns to The Daily Post office
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...and sometimes neither are directors! Still a fine film.
22 April 2011 | by eschetic-2See all my reviews

MEN ARE NOT GODS, a fascinating precursor to the justly lauded Ronald Coleman film A DOUBLE LIFE which in some ways surpasses its better known remake, is a rare film where a first class performance in one style clashes with a film exceedingly well made in another.

Alexander Korda gives us a well told tale of a drama critic's secretary who becomes entangled in the lives of a rising actor and his actress wife only to have the actor fall in lust with her and endanger his marriage, his very life and that of his wife when the lust becomes a consuming passion. A superbly chosen cast and settings build the story - from the final use of London's famed Alhambra theatre in Leicester Square for the production of OTHELLO which is at the core of the film (we get wonderful stretches of the play in a fine pre-Paul Robeson interpretation) to tiny touches like the Actor waiting in the wings snuffing out his cigarette presaging his "Put out the light...and then put out the light" speech.

Character actor A.E. Matthews is excellent as the drama critic, Rex Harrison shines in one of his best early supporting performances as the young obituary writer in love with the girl, Sebastian Shaw a fine British actor little known on this side of the Atlantic soars as the Actor breaking through as Othello and Gertrude Lawrence, the great stage star whose film career rarely showed her to best advantage gives one of her best performances as the Actor's wife and Desdemona (we even get to hear her singing Shakespeare's "Willow Song" beautifully! - although it is unclear if this from from the Othello Suite of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor used in the film's on-stage Othello or a setting by the film's composer, Geoffrey Toye?).

The only jarring note - and not all will find it jarring - is the over the top performance from top billed Miriam Hopkins, then near the peak of a successful Hollywood career, as the Critic's secretary persuaded by the Actor's wife to alter a crucial review of her husband's performance. Hopkins (17 Broadway credits of her own from 1921 to 1959, so one cannot blame the failure of her performance to blend with the others on her lack of the stage experience of her co-stars), has her character go essentially mad torn between loyalty to the Actor's wife and the two men who want her. In 1936 the idea of greater attraction between Hopkins and Lawrence than between her and either Harrison or Shaw was unthinkable (and beside the point in the story), but in 2011, one may see an unintended subtext.

Producer Korda and director Walter Reich turned out a marvelously detailed and satisfying film despite the clash of styles, but I do wonder at the IMDb listed running time of 90 minutes. The Greek-issued promotional DVD I screened comes in at a smoothly edited 79:20. I'd love to find a "more complete" print, but it's hard to imagine what might have been left out of this one!

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