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Today We Live (1933)
Diana: When I ring for tea, no blubbering.
Have any of you seen this odd little pre-code Howard Hawks melodrama? I just watched it this weekend (it was on TCM); it stars Joan Crawford -- who was born on this day 117 years ago, huzzah! -- as Diana, a woman in love with a sailor (Robert Young) who then falls for a rich American (Gary Cooper) while the sailor's off sailing. Meanwhile her brother (a fine-looking Franchot Tone) is all up in their business... to be honest I missed the fact that Tone was supposed to be her brother and I just thought this was a threesome arrangement, as you never know with these pre-code movies, and Joan always radiated wanna-fuck energy with all of her male co-stars, even the ones playing her brother.
Of course Tone & Crawford were fucking; they married two years later. And the energy between them in this movie is intense, so you'll forgive me for entirely missing the "brother" thing. And weirdly Gary Cooper hardly registers in this film? Might be the first time I thought that, especially in a film still this early -- he still looks like Gary freaking Cooper here but his character's hardly around and has little to do besides sweep in when the plot demands it. The real heat's with brother Tone.