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Frederic March plays New York City newspaperman Wally Cook. After botching a story about an African prince, he’s delegated to the water cooler room to write obituaries. He convinces the newspaper editor Oliver Stone (Walter Connolly) that he’s got a hot story about a small-town girl in Vermont who’s dying of radium poisoning. He heads to the fictional town of Warsaw, Vermont, to find the girl named Hazel Flagg (played by Carole Lombard). Hazel’s amateur doctor Enoch Downer (Charles Winninger), tells her she doesn’t even have radium poisoning, and she’s not dying. Hazel meets reporter Wally and is instantly enamored with him. When he promises a plane flight to New York City to write articles about her, Hazel jumps at the chance, failing to tell him that she’s not dying. Wally begins writing headline newspaper stories about the poor, dying Hazel, and she instantly becomes the toast of the town. As Hazel struggles to keep her good health a secret, the gags build up, and she falls in love with Wally. Everyone is conning everyone thanks to a constantly amusing script by Ben Hecht (who also scribed classic early talkies like The Front Page (1931) and Scarface (1932)). March and Lombard are ideally cast. The Technicolor direction by William A. Wellman is passable, but the script is the real star. Hecht satirizes a time when newspapers were king, and the right story could sway all of New York City, whether it was true or not.
Nothing Sacred is a 1937 Technicolor screwball comedy film directed by William A. Wellman, featuring Carole Lombard and Fredric March in lead roles. The film's narrative, penned by Ben Hecht, follows Hazel Flagg (Lombard), a woman mistakenly diagnosed with radium poisoning. Wally Cook (March) is a struggling reporter who exploits Hazel's misfortune for a sensational human interest story. When it transpires that Hazel isn't actually dying, they conspire to keep the truth hidden, capitalizing on the media frenzy that has rejuvenated both their lives. Noted for its biting wit and critique of media manipulation, Nothing Sacred is regarded as a classic in the screwball comedy genre.
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Copyright Info: This movie is in the public domain and is legally available for free on YouTube.