Monday, August 30, 2010
'i was rather gorgeous, wasn't i?'
the impeccable 'dinner at eight' (1933) was the second to last of her 29 movies. actress marie dressler is astonishing in it. three years prior to making one of the most deliciously funny, sad, glamorous, and gorgeous films ever, marie had won an oscar. maybe that is why she did not win one for her role as 'carlotta', ex-stage star and loving friend to lionel barrymore's businessman about to be undermined by the brash husband of a young and fiesty two timer played by jean harlow.
the cast is pure cream, and marie, heavy as she was, is perched like a cherry on top.