Hands Across the Table (Paramount 1935, Fred MacMurray, Carole Lombard)

Hands Across The Table

Hands Across the Table is a classic screwball romantic comedy with Carole Lombard as a gold-digging manicurist working in the barber shop of a swanky hotel who meets a former millionaire playboy (Fred MacMurray), who is himself about to marry for money.

Ralph Bellamy, predating his role in His Girl Friday, plays the heroine’s patient suitor. The ghoulish will want the opportunity to catch Marie Prevost, whose grisly, untimely demise was the subject of a ’70s Nick Lowe ditty on his Jesus of Cool album.

Hands Across the Table was the first in a set of films starring Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray. It was followed by The Princess Comes Across (1936); Swing High, Swing Low (1937); and True Confession (1937).

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Carole Lombard, Ralph Bellamy, William Demarest, Ruth Donnelly, Marie Prevost,

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Producer: E. Lloyd Sheldon
Original Story: Vina Delmar
Director of Photography: Ted Tetzlaff
Editor: William Shea
Composers: Sam Coslow, Frederick Hollander
Screenwriters: Herbert Fields, Michel Krasna
Costume Designer: Travis Banton

USA / Paramount / 80 minutes / 1935

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