The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)

Genres - Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 3, 1932 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Although The Greeks Had a Word for Them is hardly a classic (and was better realized when it was reinvented as How to Marry a Millionaire), it's an enjoyable little trifle, especially if one is in an undemanding mood. Sidney Howard's screenplay features enough amusing situations and fairly snappy dialogue (when one can make it out; this is till the early days of talkies, after all) to provide decent entertainment, and Lowell Sherman directs the proceedings efficiently if unremarkably. Much more important than the script or direction is the cast. Joan Blondell, less brassy and brash than usual, is a sweet but saucy little treat. Madge Evans manages to be a noble gold digger, making that odd combination work somehow. And Ina Claire is simply a hoot as the conniving man hunter whose selfishness should be appalling but is amusing instead. David Manners is a bit bland and annoying, but director Sherman gets actor Sherman to turn in a fine performance. The lack of morality in this pre-Code ditty is surprising and may bother some, but others will find it refreshing for a film of this era.