Skylark (Paramount 1941, Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland)

Skylark Claudette Colbert

In witty romantic comedy Skylark, Colbert is the dissatisfied wife of ad exec Ray Milland, whose interests lie more with his work than his marriage. Colbert heads to Reno to start divorce proceedings, and hooks up with wealthy playboy Brian Aherne for a cruise. Though he falls madly in love with Colbert, she’s trying to figure out how to get back with Milland.

Samson Raphaelson’s story for Skylark originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post under the title “Streamlined Heart.” When Raphaelson adapted it as a stage play, Gertrude Lawrence played the lead.

Academy Award Nomination for Best Sound.

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Walter Abel, Brian Aherne, Binnie Barnes, Ernest Cossart, Fritz Feld, Grant Mitchell

Director: Mark Sandrich
Producer: Mark Sandrich
Original Story: Samson Raphaelson
Director of Photography: Charles Lang Jr.
Editor: LeRoy Stone
Composer: Victor Young
Screenwriters: Zion Myers, Allan Scott
Production Designers: Roland Anderson, Hans Dreier

USA / Paramount / 92 minutes / 1941 black and white

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