Nothing Sacred (1937)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Media Satire, Screwball Comedy, Sophisticated Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 25, 1937 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Richard Gilliam

Nothing Sacred is among the best screwball comedies of the 1930s, and one of the few to have been filmed in Technicolor. Carole Lombard and Fredric March lead a strong, versatile cast, and William Wellman's crisp direction keeps the story brisk and peppy. Screenwriter Ben Hecht gives the story an unusually sardonic edge, with fine dialogue and interesting secondary plot twists. Overall, the film plays well for current-day audiences, and the New York location gives the film a distinctive visual texture. One amusing bit of irony is the name and profession of Oliver Stone, the character played by Walter Connolly, a newspaper editor willing to alter facts to fit his needs. Nothing Sacred was released in 1937, nine years before the birth of future screenwriter/director Oliver Stone.