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Private Lives (1931) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Sidney Franklin and produced by Irving Thalberg.

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Watching 1939: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

on Apr 19, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article

Pre-Code Crazy: Private Lives (1931)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 3, 2015 From Shadows and Satin

My Pre-Code Crazy pick for the month of November is Private Lives (1931), starring the totally awesome Norma Shearer and the always fantastic Robert Montgomery. In the interest of full disclosure, I have already written about this film on my blog, and under normal circumstances, that fact would auto... Read full article

The Essential Films of 1939: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 23, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Good Queen Bess (Bette Davis) fall for ne'er do well Errol Flynn in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. The Director: Michael Curtiz. The Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Source Material: The play, Elizabeth the Queen, by Maxwell Anderson. Olivia de Havi... Read full article

Pre-Code Perversion: Private Lives (1931)*

By Vanessa Buttino on Sep 19, 2014 From Stardust

Pre-Code Perversion: Private Lives (1931)* Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself: What if this were to happen in real life? If you're at all familiar with the premise of Noel Coward's PRIVATE LIVES you'll know that something like this could very well happen to anyone, really... Read full article

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

By Beatrice on Feb 21, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Directed by Michael Curtiz Written by Norman Reilly Raine and Aeneas MacKenzie based on the play by Maxwell Anderson 1939/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental The quote, picture, and clip probably say more about the quality of this fictionalized cost... Read full article

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Amanda: Have you known her long?
Elyot: About four months, we met in a house party in Norfolk.
Amanda: Very flat, Norfolk.

Amanda: I was brought up to believe it was beyond the pale for a man to strike a woman.
Elyot: A very poor tradition. Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.

Elyot: What are you doing here?
Amanda: I'm on my honeymoon.
Elyot: Hope you're enjoying it.
Amanda: It hasn't started yet.
Elyot: Neither has mine.

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Glacier Bay Park in Montana doubled for the Swiss Alps in the film's mountain climbing scene.
In the 1930s the word "God" was not to be used trivially in the movies. Thus the line in Private Lives regarding a cigarette was changed from, "For God sakes give me one," to "Give me one for the love of heaven."
Robert Montgomery was accidentally knocked unconscious during the fight scene with Norma Shearer.
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