Fun Size Review: That Certain Thing (1928)

Frank Capra is very Capra in this spunky rom-com with a social message. Viola Dana is a tenement beauty determined to marry money. Ralph Graves is a rich wastrel who meets Viola, falls for her and marries her the same night. Everything would be fine except that Ralph’s father disinherits him and Viola is back at square one.

What to do? Start a business, of course! Capra’s offering delights with charming script and a brisk pace and the leads are engaging.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Ralph and Viola start their own box lunch business and trick his father into buying them out. Impressed by their business savvy, the father accepts the marriage.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake. Classic and unpretentious with first-rate ingredients.

Availability: Released on DVD.


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