NOTHING SACRED (1937) C 74m dir: William A. Wellman
w/Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Walter Connolly, Charles Winninger, Sig Rumann, Frank Fay, John Qualen, Maxie Rosenbloom, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton, Troy Brown, Olin Howlin
A young woman thought to be dying is turned into the "Sweetheart of New York City" as a newspaper publicity stunt. The pace is crackling, the dialogue hilarious, and the acting terrific in this very funny film.
From The Movie Guide: "A marvelous black comedy full of wit and journalistic wisdom in the grand and capricious style of [Ben] Hecht (who co-authored, with Charles MacArthur, THE FRONT PAGE), this film is all the more stunning thanks to the outrageous and hilarious performance of super-comedienne Lombard. This was one of the first of the screwball comedies, a classic of the genre which is just as funny today as when it was first filmed. ...
"Hecht had a great deal of fun writing NOTHING SACRED for the screen, plucking the background from his own newspaper experiences. The fake sultan, for instance, was based upon a prank Hecht himself had concocted, one in which his eccentric poet friend, Maxwell Bodenheim, then unknown, pretended to be a foreign potentate visiting Chicago where Hecht was working as a spectacular journalist. Lombard is wonderfully funny here, playing a role that was made for her madcap talent, and March, recognized as a great dramatic player, showed a considerable flair for comedy."