Let's Live a Little

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  • 1948
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 5.3  (280)

Let's Live a Little is a romantic comedy film directed by Richard Wallace and released in 1948. This film features an ensemble cast, including Hedy Lamarr, Robert Cummings, and Anna Sten, and tells the story of a young woman torn between two men. The film opens with Henry H. Glass (Robert Cummings), a wealthy playboy who has never worked a day in his life, and his loyal butler Charles (Monty Woolley) arriving at a hotel in New York City. Henry is there to meet up with his old flame, one of the most beautiful and richest women in America, Stephanie North (Hedy Lamarr). Despite the fact that Stephanie is engaged to another man, she agrees to spend some time with Henry, whom she hasn’t seen in years.

As soon as the two of them meet, they quickly fall back into their old ways, flirting and having fun. However, complications arise when Stephanie’s fiancé, Paul (John Loder), shows up unexpectedly. Paul is a serious and scholarly man who disapproves of Henry’s carefree lifestyle, and he and Stephanie argue often. Despite Paul’s objections, Stephanie continues to spend time with Henry, and he begins to develop feelings for her once again.

Meanwhile, Henry’s uncle, Colonel Hill (George Barbier), is concerned that his nephew is wasting his life and decides to take matters into his own hands. Colonel Hill hires a beautiful but hardworking secretary, Mary (Anna Sten), to help Henry run his family business. Mary is determined to teach Henry the value of hard work and responsibility, but she finds herself falling for him in the process.

As the film progresses, the four characters become increasingly intertwined in each other’s lives. Henry must choose between his old flame Stephanie and the woman who has come to mean so much to him, Mary. Stephanie must decide whether to follow her heart or stay with the man who represents security and stability. And Paul must come to terms with the fact that he may not be able to control everything in his life.

Let's Live a Little is a charming and entertaining film that showcases the talents of its cast. Hedy Lamarr brings grace and sophistication to the role of Stephanie, while Robert Cummings is perfectly cast as the carefree and charming Henry. Anna Sten shines as the hardworking and determined Mary, and her chemistry with Cummings is palpable. And John Loder is convincing as the serious and somewhat controlling Paul.

The film is shot in black and white, and the cinematography is lovely. The scenes set in New York City are especially well-done, with the bustling streets and skyline providing a perfect backdrop to the action. The score, composed by Daniele Amfitheatrof, is light and playful, adding to the film’s overall sense of fun.

One of the strengths of Let's Live a Little is its script, which is witty and charming. The film is full of clever one-liners and humorous situations, making it a delight to watch. Additionally, the film does not rely on cheap jokes or slapstick humor to get laughs, instead focusing on the interactions between its characters.

Overall, Let's Live a Little is a delightful film that is sure to appeal to fans of romantic comedies. With its charming cast, beautiful cinematography, and witty script, it is a film that is well worth watching.

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    5.3  (280)