Never seen Barrymore this restrained. Less was certainly more, to the point where it was almost hypnotic how subdued his character was.
LOVED seeing Coco’s (Loy) interest in Topaze grow, as he unknowingly continues to charm her, so much so that at one point she tells him something that literally just evaporated my insides, “I’d love to share a crisis with you.” 🩺 💕🩺
"Hit me, hurt me, do anything but for Pete's sake, speak to me."
We should all be so fortunate that MGM was unsuccessful in trying to destroy all the prints for this film when they decided to remake it with Bergman and Boyer, which by comparison, was a Disney version of Hamilton's play.
The performances by Diana Wynyard and Adolf Wohlbrück were incredible. She was as spooked as he was creepy. And the lengths at which the discomfort is extended…
-You're so lovely. It's hard to be brutal with you.
-You do strike a fresh note. Up to now, men have always been brutal because I'm lovely.
A modern sensibility runs through the narrative. Powell's character arrives bringing with him danger and excitement, both of which proceed to undress Francis' character, which is delightful to witness on account of it seeming like they were both under some sort of hypnosis. Charming on so many levels, most of which can be credited to good writing, their chemistry, and whatever the hell they were all smoking!