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Idiot's Delight (1939) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Clarence Brown and Hunt Stromberg.

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Harry Van: You can call that sentimental, Mrs. Weber, but that is true.
Irene Fellara: Forgive me, but that is not my name.
Harry Van: Oh. I thought...
Irene Fellara: I know what you thought. Mr. Weber and I are associated in a sort of business way.
Harry Van: I see. Um, business is pretty good, isn't it?


Irene Fellara: The temple of your memory must be so crowded.
Harry Van: Are you sure you've never been in Omaha, Madame?


Irene Fellara: Harry, do you realize the whole world has gone to war? The whole world!
Harry Van: I realize it, but don't ask me why. I've stopped trying to figure it out.
Irene Fellara: I know why it is. It's just to kill us - you and me. Because we are the little people. And for us, the deadliest weapons are the most merciful.
Harry Van: Easy...
Irene Fellara: I've never cared before, but now I want to live.
Harry Van: So do I, but if we don't, let's hope we make a fast exit.
Irene Fellara: Then together.
Harry Van: [explosion from a large bomb nearby] Nice try buddy, but you muffed it!


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When Clark Gable had to sing "Puttin' on the Ritz," he actually had to be carried off by Harry Van's Les Blondes, so they saved that scene for last in case he was injured. On the day of the shooting Carole Lombard came to watch and was amazed that it only took one take.
This was the only film in which Clark Gable performed a dance number. He spent 6 weeks rehearsing the steps with the dance director, George King, and practicing at home with his wife, Carole Lombard. Because of his fear of messing it up during a take, the set was closed during the filming of this sequence.
Greta Garbo was first offered the role of Irene Fellara. She turned it down.
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