Toujours L’amour, 1939 style

anotherthinmanJust watched Another Thin Man, the third in the Nick and Nora Charles series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.  Noticed that the detective, Lieutenant Guild, says to Nick, when they’re in Linda Mills’ apartment, “Toujours l’amour, toujours” (pronouncing the ‘s’ in toujours). Marjorie Main, who plays the landlady, Mrs. Dolley, in the film, walks into the room right after that.

It reminded me of one of my favourite films, The Women, in which Marjorie Main also has a sort of landlady role (as Lucy, who runs the ranch), and in which the much-divorced character of the Countess de Lave (Mary Boland) repeats her catchphrase, “L’amour! Toujours L’amour!”

Both films came out in 1939.

thewomenIs the “toujours l’amour” theme coincidence, I wondered, or perhaps something in the air at the time? I checked IMDB and found that the two films share a writer between them: Anita Loos, who wrote the screenplay for The Women from Clare Boothe Luce’s play, and who was an uncredited writer on Another Thin Man, along with credited writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Aha!

By the way, Virginia Grey, Muriel Hutchinson, Ruth Hussey and Nell Craig appear in both films, too, all in minor roles in The Women, with Grey and Hutchinson in larger roles in Another Thin Man.

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