199 Honor Among Lovers

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199 Honor Among Lovers

#1 Post by MichaelB » Sat Sep 23, 2023 5:56 am

(Dorothy Arzner, 1931)
Release date: 11 December 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK premiere)

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Claudette Colbert (Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife) and Fredric March (An Act of Murder) co-star in Honor Among Lovers, a romantic comedy-drama directed by Dorothy Arzner.

Wall Street trader Jerry (March) is in love with his secretary, Julia (Colbert), but she turns him down to marry Philip (Monroe Owsley). A year later, realising the mistake she has made, she borrows money from Jerry, leading Philip to become dangerously jealous…

Co-written by Gertrude Purcell (Destry Rides Again) and featuring a scene-stealing supporting turn from Ginger Rogers (Tight Spot), Honor Among Lovers is a sizzling pre-Code love triangle.


• 2017 restoration from a 4K scan
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with academic and curator Eloise Ross (2023)
• Lucy Bolton on Ginger Rogers (2023): the academic assesses the early career of much-loved star
• Dorothy Arzner and WAAC: a selection of short films directed by Arzner for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II
• Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Limited edition exclusive with a new essay by Pamela Hutchinson, archival interviews and articles, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited edition of 3,000 copies for the UK

All extras subject to change

BBFC cert: PG
EAN: 5060697920642

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Re: 199 Honor Among Lovers

#2 Post by swo17 » Sat Sep 23, 2023 5:22 pm

MichaelB wrote:Dorothy Arzner and WAAC: a selection of short films directed by Arzner for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II
I wonder what these are. IMDb and Letterboxd don't show anything like this in her filmography

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Re: 199 Honor Among Lovers

#3 Post by Rayon Vert » Sat Sep 23, 2023 6:24 pm

This is from senses of cinema.
She stopped directing features in 1943, for reasons that remain unclear (although playwright R.M. Vaughn has speculated on this question in his play “Camera, Woman”). Arzner continued working over the next three decades, making Women’s Army Corps training films and commercials for Pepsi, at the request of her friend and rumored lover Joan Crawford.
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2003/grea ... rs/arzner/

More here, in this recent article:
Although Arzner did not formally join the US Army as an officer – she turned down an offer to
become a major, in fact – she did collaborate with four WAAC enlistees on several short training films
(sample title: How to Groom Oneself ). Cast members included stock players from the Samuel Goldwyn
film company, some of whom had worked with Arzner on the 1934 Hollywood feature film Nana (Peary
and Kay, 1974). Arzner expertly guided the WAAC women through the production process, paying special
attention to their emerging skills as editors. Although the WAAC films were never shown to the public
and are presumed lost, the experience energised Arzner and prepared her for a new phase in her post-
Hollywood career years later.
https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1 ... 020001.pdf
Exploring the work of Dorothy Arzner as a film-making teacher in southern California
Martin F. Norden

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