Design for Living


Action / Comedy / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 5442


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December 24, 2011 at 04:06 PM



Gary Cooper as George Curtis
Edward Everett Horton as Max Plunkett
Jane Darwell as Curtis' Housekeeper
Isabel Jewell as Plunkett's Stenographer
501.40 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
P/S 2 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by wlawson60 9 / 10

Pre Code Elegance

Delightful even if more Ben Hecht than Noel Coward. The "menage a trois" has real brains, wit and magic. All due to the sensational chemistry between Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins and, of course, the unmistakable Lubitch touch. I was going to say that the film seems written today but the sad truth is there is nobody today that could write with this extraordinary elegance. Frediric March is masculine and volcanic, Gary Cooper feminine and irresistible and Miriam Hopkins, a sensational modern comedienne. As if this wasn't enough, Edward Everett Horton as Mr Wrong. The scene in which Hopkins compares Cooper and March to hats is one of my all time favorites.

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 9 / 10


With a screenplay by Ben Hecht, direction from the great Ernst Lubitsch and impeccable performances from Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins and Edward Everett Horton "Design for Living" is a joy from start to finish. It is, of course, an adaptation of the play by Noel Coward and it's better than the original. A romantic comedy, a sex comedy, it has a sophistication that only Lubitsch could give it and the American cast actually add a dimension that Coward's brittle Britishness lacked. Fans love it but in the Lubitsch canon it isn't that well know. It really shouldn't be missed.

Reviewed by vincentlynch-moonoi 3 / 10

They talk it to death!

The majority of Ernst Lubitsch's films were silent. I wish this one had been, too, because they talk the story to death. As the old saying goes, "Too much talk and not enough action".

And, to make it all the worse, all you really have here are two adult men with school-boy crushes on a young woman. It makes them look simply childish.

Is there any reason to watch this film? Well, a few minor reasons. You get to see Gary Cooper speaking excellent French; it's his only really good dialog in the film. And, you get to see Mirima Hopkins in a role before she was typecast as a ditz. Edward Everett Horton has a rare role for the character actor where he was almost a romantic lead.

But the problem with this film is that there are no admirable characters. Gary Cooper and Fredric March fight over the girl...and are not only unfaithful to their friendship, but literally unfaithful, as well. And Hopkin's character is pretty much a...well, what do you call a woman who marries one man, has a relationship with a second man, and also marries a third man...all the time playing games with the affections of each.

I know I'm in a minority here, and I usually like both Cooper and March, but this film is about as low class as a film can least back in 1933. I kept watching only because I thought there must be a redeeming value to the film; it never came.

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