I Live My Life (1935): Van Dyke’s Romance, Starring Joan Crawford and Brian Aherne

W. S. Van Dyke directed this Depression era tale, made as a star vehicle for one of MGM’s queen, Joan Crawford.
Crawford plays Kay, a flighty heiress, who falls in love with a poor archaeologist, Terry (Brian Aherne).  The couple argues all the time, and Terry feels that marrying Kay would be a big mistake. To that extent, he talks her into jilting him publicly–at the altar.  But Terry is shrewder, showing up at the wedding anyway.
The scenario, by Joseph L. Mankiewicz before he became a director himself, bears some similarities to the far superior screwball comedy, “It Happened One Night.”
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