Gay Love (1934)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The plotline of the Audrey and Waveney Carlton play Gay Love was so well known in 1934 that Variety considered a synopsis "a waste of time." For the benefit of those not familiar with the story, here's a quick run-down: Music-hall comedienne Gloria Fellows (Florence Desmond) falls in love with her sister's well-heeled fiancé Lord Tony Eaton (Ivor McLaren). Good-hearted Gloria is willing to step aside for her sister's sake, but a happy ending is in store for both girls. Famed impressionist Desmond goes through her usual celebrity repertoire, including Garbo, Mae West and ZaSu Pitts, while "Red Hot Mamma" Sophie Tucker plays herself, which is all any of her fans could have asked for. The film's production-number highlight is a New Years' Eve ball, which must have consumed three-fourths of the budget.

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comedian, crush, elopement, ex-lover, fiancee, sister