Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is...
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Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is engaged to his brother.Written by
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This film received its initial television showings in Cincinnati Thursday 7 February 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY) and in Chicago Friday 8 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in Philadelphia it first aired 22 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Portland OR 5 April 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Kansas City MO 24 April 1957 on KCMO (Channel 5), in New York City 6 July 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Norfolk VA 23 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Minneapolis 1 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and in Los Angeles 15 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 12 April 1960 on Channel 7 (KGO) (Channel 7). See more »
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I always watch Robert Taylor in memory of my mother; she loved him. This film is a Taylor-Harlow pairing, "Personal Property," a watered-down version of the play, and the first time it was made, it was a precode film, A Man of Possession.
Taylor is Raymond Dabney, the black sheep in a successful family, all of whom are British except for him, evidently, as he sports no accent. He's been released early from prison after selling a car he didn't own. His brother Claude (Reginald Owen) and father (E.E. Clive) aren't happy to see him, unlike his mother, so they offer Raymond 300 pounds to go anywhere he wants, preferably out of the country. Raymond chooses London.
At a cocktail lounge, Raymond meets Crystal Wetherby (Harlow), a widow. Raymond is interested and follows her to the opera Aida, and then he follows her home. At her home, he meets a bailiff who is going to sit in Crystal's house until she pays what she owes.
Crystal is throwing a dinner for her fiancé and future in-laws; Raymond kindly offers to pretend to be her butler. When the future family shows up, a few problems present themselves.
Jean Harlow was always very likable, although here, she's a little more low-key. She wears her engagement ring from William Powell throughout the film; it's sad that her life was cut so short. I thought Taylor was just fine. He had a nice sense of comedy. But I have to agree with some others that the role would have been better suited to Franchot Tone or Cary Grant. Taylor was a beautiful man, and he looked great in evening clothes, but he was a farm boy at heart and didn't have quite the sophistication necessary.
I found this film slow and not very involving, but I loved the two stars.
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