Exactly what it says on the tin and that’s the problem: garters and failed engagements were hardly scandalous by the mid-1920s. The idea that Charles Ray would move heaven and earth to retrieve a garter he gifted to Gertie (Marie Prevost) was seen as a bit of a stretch even during the film’s initial release.
The cast is game enough but there were some strange decisions (Sally Rand and Franklin Pangborn as prudes?) and the whole thing never really jells. On the plus side, the 1920s fashions are absolutely divine but that’s not much to recommend such a sexless bedroom farce.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Charles Ray doesn’t get the garter back but he does get Gertie.
Read my full-length review here. I also cover the 1945 talkie remake.
If it were a dessert it would be: Non-alcoholic Mincemeat. Fine in many ways but slightly misses the point.
Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine.
Odd how old French bedroom farces like ‘A Flea in Her Ear’ were still being filmed even in the 1960s. I find them a bit tiresome. But I did chuckle a lot over Constance Talmadge’s antics in ‘A Pair of Silk Stockings.’
For me, it all depends on the presentation. It’s not quite a bedroom farce but On Approval was so smart to move its setting back to the Victorian days, where the more prudish outlook of the characters would actually make sense. But to put forth the same attitudes in the 1940s, let alone the 1960s? Not a good idea.
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