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  • Love On The Run is yet another example of Louis B. Mayer trying to cash in on the success that eluded him when he 'punished' Clark Gable by sending him to Columbia Pictures for a minor comedy that turned out to be It Happened One Night. For the rest of the decade Hollywood saturated the American public with madcap heiress stories.

    When you've got one of the leading players under contract to you however it's a bit easier. Gable is given a rival reporter to contend with in Love On The Run in the person of Joan Crawford's real life husband, Franchot Tone. These two room together, but are ready to do everything short of cutting each other's throats to scoop the other.

    Two stories that they are both assigned to cover, heiress Joan Crawford's wedding to a prince, Ivan Lebedeff, and a trans-European flight by Baron Reginald Owen get mixed up together as Crawford gets cold feet and Owen turns out to be an international spy.

    Gable and Crawford have done it all before, especially Gable. But I kind of feel sorry for Franchot Tone. If he wasn't in a dinner jacket in his MGM parts he was in a film like this, essentially playing the Ralph Bellamy role. It's a very one sided rivalry Gable and Tone have. It's like the Yankees and Red Sox of the last century with the Yankees constantly coming out on top. No wonder Tone left MGM to try for better acting roles. At MGM he showed what he could do in films like Mutiny on the Bounty and Three Comrades, but even these were in support of bigger stars.

    There's some nice performances in the cast from Mona Barrie as Owen's wife, Donald Meek as a most eccentric caretaker and William Demarest as Gable's editor. But no new ground was broken here.
  • This one is worth seeing for Crawford's delightful performance: she positively glows as the madcap heiress on the run. Despite the silly story and uneven performance from Gable (his legendary chemistry with Crawford is nonetheless in evidence), there is always the snappy dialogue (much of it written by John Lee Mahin of "Red Dust" and "Bombshell"), to keep the laughs coming. Crawford's then husband Franchot Tone plays Gable's fellow reporter. For anyone who wonders why she is called the ultimate movie star.
  • Let me tell you why this movie is good: It shows that Joan Crawford and Clark Gable were great comic actors. There is no question that if I Love Lucy had been re-casted with Crawford and Gable as Lucy and Ricky, the results would have been hilarious. Also, Franchot Tone gives one the more hilarious performances as Gable's news reporter chum and rival. Tone would have played an extremely amusing Fred Mertz. The story is so upbeat and so amusing that it is virtually impossible to find anything about it to dislike. The story has snappy dialog, farcical plot, engaging characters and excellent cinematography. Any movie that features Crawford, Gable and Tone running around France and getting into all kinds of silly trouble is a movie that will entertain.
  • This is a very good film and I enjoyed it very much. Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone give great performances.

    One of the highlights of this film is the delightful comedy cameo by that great character actor, Donald Meek as the batty caretaker at the Palace of Fontainebleu!! His scenes alone are priceless!! Don't miss this film, as it is a very good comedy--not so much a slapstick comedy, or a comedy that overdoes it with hammy performances, but it is a winner all the way!! Be sure and try to catch it next time it is on television--it is very good and you won't be disappointed from it!!
  • This movie is an obvious re-working of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and is a couple steps below it in quality. However, considering that Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone do such a good job with the material, it's still an excellent film. That's because despite the familiarity of the material, the movie is so much fun to watch. The dialog is snappy and the pacing is great. And, despite the film being pretty predictable (as most were of the era), I didn't mind and felt myself being caught up in the movie.

    Joan is a runaway bride and Gable is the cad pretending to help her but he's got a secret agenda. In the end, they are head-over-heels and the movie closes. Sounds familiar? Of course, but who cares--it's still lovely to watch.
  • dm0323 August 2000
    Enjoyable piece as society dame falls for reporter in disguise. Road trip is a tad contrived, something about spies and secret plans, but who cares - this movie is powered by the sparks flying between Crawford and Gable. Sidekick Tone is great as the wisecracking nuisance.
  • Heiress Joan Crawford runs out on her wedding and becomes involved with reporters, spies, and a castle in "Love on the Run," a 1936 comedy also starring Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, William Demarest and Donald Meek.

    A really top cast makes this a winner. There were so many of these nutty heiress comedies in the '30s - "Bringing Up Baby," "Taming the Wild," "The Mad Miss Manton" come to mind without trying. Despite the Depression, there must have been a lot of heiresses around. This particular comedy has shades of another madcap heiress film, "Love is News," but is quite a bit crazier. Crawford plays Sally Parker, who, on finding she must sign a paper giving her new royal husband $3 million, bolts. An attractive man all decked out for the wedding offers to help her escape. It's Mike (Clark Gable) and he's playing an ambitious reporter who actually cheated his main rival, Barney (Franchot Tone) out of this particular story. Mike and Sally take off in a plane intended for two Russians and their highly publicized flight - except that while in the plane, Sally finds a strange-looking map, and Mike realizes these Russian fliers are spies. After a crash landing in Europe, the two spend the night in a palace with a crazy caretaker (Donald Meek). Meek, with his bowing and scraping to what he thinks are two ghosts and petting his imaginary dog, nearly steals the entire movie. He's hilarious, particularly when he checks to see if a gun is loaded by pointing it at his head and shooting.

    Eventually the Russians appear trying to get their map and the hapless Barney catches up with Mike, who keeps duping him, and Barney falls for it every time.

    It doesn't matter if the basic plot is derivative, it's still energetic fun and highly entertaining. Crawford is excellent and looks smashing in a series of outfits - even one originally worn by the Russian spy - it fits her perfectly! Gable is a charming devil, and Tone, a marvelous actor, plays the comedy to perfection. They all have terrific chemistry with one another, as well they should, with Crawford being Mrs. Tone and having been involved with Gable.

    A very funny entry from MGM.
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    The title of this film, "Love on the Run," nails the plot perfectly. This is a hilarious movie from start to finish. It has a wonderfully crazy script. The silliness, mix of subplots and twists, and wacky situations are what make it so funny. The dialog and humorous lines fit those situations to a T. Much of the humor comes in the visuals with the expressions and reactions to dialog as well as the details of each situation.

    Joan Crawford was at the top of the MGM list of contract players in 1936 and she gets top billing here over Clark Garble, who had won a best actor Oscar two years earlier for "It Happened One Night." But that was under a loaned out deal with Columbia Pictures. Franchot Tone co-stars with third billing. Gable and Tone were leading male stars for MGM, and Tone was married to Crawford at the time. What a show the three of them put on in this very funny and entertaining film. It's borderline but close enough to be labeled screwball comedy.

    Crawford plays rich American heiress Sally Parker. Gable and Tone are Michael Anthony and Barnabus Pells. They are friends and reporters – called foreign correspondents in those days. They live together in Paris and work for rival American newspapers. Fiction comedies rarely used real newspaper names. Mike works for the New York Chronicle and Barney writes for the New York Dispatch. They share stories to report back home, with each one trying to cover the most interesting story of the day. This day, Mike goes to cover a socialite wedding and he's dressed in a formal tux with tails and top hat.

    The film has a tremendous supporting cast. Reginald Owen is superb as Baron Otto and Mona Barrie is very good as Baroness Hilda. It's never clear and one wonders if they are supposed to be German or Russian. I suspect it is a poke at Nazi Germany and also at the Soviet Union. The Soviets then would have had no one of royalty, nor would they have the technology to be building a plane to fly into the stratosphere. The accents seemed to be more German, and Germany definitely had science and technology advances by the mid-1930s. Yet, when she's being tied up by one of the Baron's thugs, Sally says she'll pursue him across the planet, even to Vladivostok.

    Donald Meek is the caretaker of the Fontainebleau Palace, which had been home to the kings and queens of France since it was built in the 16th century. He and his invisible dog, Bismarck, steal the scenes they are in with Gable and Crawford. William Demarest, Charles Judels and Ivan Lebedeff are very good in their roles.

    The film has non-stop action. The script has some clever dialog and witty exchanges. But the greatest laughs come from the situations that the leads find themselves in, and the dupes that Mike plays on Barney. I'm guessing they had to shoot a number of takes for some scenes. The cast – Tone especially, seemed to be having so much fun that it's hard to imagine him not cracking up with laughter in some scenes.

    Mike and Barney are in a battle of one-upmanship for the top story of the day, whatever it may be. And this film has as many hi-jinks as any other I can recall. They include a broken high society wedding, a runaway bride, espionage, kidnapping, pioneering aviation, a train trip, a man thrown from a train, stolen airplane and plane crash, a ride on a horse-drawn farm cart with pigs and cabbage, theft of a dry cleaning truck, breaking into a French national monument, sleeping in a museum overnight, and more.

    The film has more than a little lampooning in places, and It's a hilarious romp throughout. This film has a couple of scenes that are among the funniest of all time. My favorite is at the very end. Barney is lying on the floor tied to a chair, with the phone off the receiver and he's talking to the cable office. Mike and Sally are untying him. He spells the names for the joint byline.

    Barney, ""M for maniac." Sally, "I for I love you, darling." Barney, "I for I love you darling. C for crackpot." Mike, "H for how soon are we going to get married?" Barney, "H for how soon are we going to get mar… No, I'm not drunk." Sally, "A for any time you say." Barney, "A for any time you say. Aw, shut up!" Anyone with a sense of humor who enjoys clean-cut comedy should get a bang out of this film. It's a must for any serious comedy film library.

    Here are a few funny lines from the film. Barney, "You could've been sitting in the theater the night Lincoln was shot and you wouldn't have covered me." Mike, "I'd have told you, I swear." Barney, "Oh, yeah, you'd have told me Lincoln shot Booth."

    Igor, "I'm not at disadvantage? Have I met the gentleman?" Sally, "You scurrilous little scavenger. Don't be silly. Where would you ever meet a gentleman?"

    Sally, "Trains run to Paris, you know? Choo, choo, choo." Mike, "I don't know why I keep explaining things to you, but railroad stations have a habit of being watched."

    Sally, "You sheer, unadulterated worm." Mike, "Go ahead, I deserve it."

    Barney, "Baby, you call the shots and I'll pull the trigger."

    Sally, "Now stop it, Barney. Poor Michael." Barney, "Woman, thy name is screwball."

    Mike, "Well, you don't think I enjoy playing cops and robbers all over Europe with a …" Sally, "But you can't leave me here with all these cabbages."
  • A runaway bride (Joan Crawford) gets tangled up with a reporter (Clark Gable) and the two travel together, eventually falling love. Stop me if you've heard this one before. Obviously inspired by It Happened One Night, it's not a remake or a direct ripoff. Just a cash-in like Hollywood has always done. Still, it's actually a pretty nice movie.

    Funny, silly, with wonderful chemistry between Gable and Crawford. There's a great scene early on where the two climb into a plane. Gable looks at all the plane's gauges and says "I wonder what all those gadgets are for?" What follows is one of the funniest airplane takeoffs I've ever seen on film. Franchot Tone also stars as Gable's friend and rival reporter. Donald Meek has a brief but memorable part as well. It's a fun movie with snappy dialogue and a great cast. Gable is especially good. It's not without flaws but give it a shot and I'm sure you'll find something to like about it.
  • Everything about LOVE ON THE RUN is derivative. It seems like a reincarnation of Gable's role in "It Happened One Night" with him as a newspaper reporter passing himself off as a friend to runaway heiress JOAN CRAWFORD.

    It's a bumpy ride most of the way, but there is one exceptionally funny scene in the palace at Fontainbleu involving a batty caretaker (DONALD MEEK) who thinks Gable and Crawford are ghosts and wants to give Gable a tip on his minuet style. He joins forces with Crawford for a charming bit of physical comedy--and then sadly disappears from much of the plot.

    CLARK GABLE and JOAN CRAWFORD both exhibit comic ability, with Gable especially amusing in that minuet sequence. FRANCHOT TONE is Gable's rival reporter, always falling for Gable's con man tricks. But their material is thin--and rehashed from dozens of other films the two made either apart or together. Crawford is a harder, edgier version of the runaway gal Claudette Colbert played in "It Happened One Night".

    Crawford looks at the peak of her photogenic charm and her chemistry with both stars is excellent.

    But overall, it's just another screwball comedy about a runaway heiress and her vexation over being deceived by newspaper reporters.
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    I don't understand the poor reviews this movie gets. It's certainly not the strongest of the Antoine Doinel films, but if you have followed the story this far, it is very much worth seeing and provides an excellent conclusion. I should add that this movie will make absolutely zero sense if you have not seen all of the previous Doinel films, including the short one about Collette. In fact, I was somewhat astounded by how this film managed to tie all the loose ends together while still having something of an independent story. It is some years later, and after a long separation, Antoine and Christine are finally getting divorced. At the courthouse, Collette, now a lawyer, sees Antoine, and their troubled love lives become entangled. Antoine has a new lover but his relationship is not going well and of course, it all goes back to his mother. By the end you are really rooting for Antoine and Collette, and while the ending is a little sappy, after so much uncertainty and all the struggles he has faced it brought a smile to my face.
  • Clark Gable is fine as usual, but this film is so obviously struggling to amuse the audience that it becomes painful, then dull, to watch. The reliance on repeated shtick and what is often a wasted talent (Donald Meek's take as the mentally unbalanced caretaker is depressing, as he is usually a reliable character actor, here asked to broaden his approach to paint a personality of bizarre - but not amusing - proportions). I really wanted to enjoy this, but the speed at which it became obvious this was a leap at an "It Happened One Night" clone only made it suffer by comparison. Every frame screamed "love me!"

    Others speak of the chemistry between Gable and Crawford, but I do not see how it translates to the screen; I never once thought they were meant for one another, and was not entertained by the time it took to get there. The entire film - although spotted with good dialogue - failed to convince me that there was a guiding intelligence behind the tale, that the creators were convinced of its vitality as a comedy, or that it was meant as anything other than a desire to cash in on Gable's award-winning role in a better film. The slapstick is painful, the male rivalry unconvincing, and Tone particularly grievous, as he mugs and screams his way through this "comedy."
  • Joan Crawford and producer Joseph Mankiewicz snapped out of the solemnity of the movie "Gorgeous Hussey" for this movie where she is back in the arms of Clark Gable again. Mike Anthony (Gable) and Barny Pells (Franchot Tone) are both friends and fellow press reporters who are in love with the same woman, Sally Parker (Crawford). Both are on her heels in one long chase where Mike, as expected wins over Sally. There is considerable action and popular gagging, but overall entertaining. Gable, as usual outwitting the slower-moving competitor, promises to fill the void in the life of the abused heiress, Sally Parker. She has just deserted a fortune-seeker at the altar, and the two newspapermen see the opportunities in making a series of reports exposing the rich lady's reactions to real romance. Reginald Owen is ingratiating as the suave spy chief and his wife Mona Barrie makes a nice assistant. Donald Meek strains hard to make a nitwit caretaker part humorous.

    This is a romantic comedy and W.S. Van Dyke has directed the movie with true professionalism. Reginald Owen and Mona Barrie in the supporting roles helped the lead characters make this movie a box office success. Joan Crawford went on to make eight movies for Mankiewicz that included; The Bride Wore Red; the Gorgeous Hussy; Mannequin; Reunion in France; the Shining Hour; Strange Cargo and Love on the Run.
  • A rich socialite Sally Parker flees her wedding only to fly to France with an undercover newspaper reporter Mike Anthony. Mike knows that Sally hates reporters, so he keeps his vocation a secret. The two are pursued by police, a rival newspaper man, and a sinister Baron ad Baroness. In the midst of all this there's romance and comedy throughout the film.

    I don't really like Clark Gable, but I must admit that he is a good actor, and I like this movie because it is a mix between romance, mystery, and comedy. If you ever run across this movie on Cable or in the store I would recommend watching it. Good movie.
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    Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Copyright 16 November 1936 by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Corporation. New York opening at the Capitol: 27 November 1936. Australian release: January 1937. 8 reels. 81 minutes.

    SYNOPSIS: Two rival newspapermen (Clark Gable and Franchot Tone) pursue a scatty American heiress (Joan Crawford) halfway across Europe. Their romantic misadventures are curtailed by an encounter with a German spy (Reginald Owen) who kidnaps the unfortunate rich girl. The reporters, each in their own way, set out to rescue her.

    COMMENT: This M-G-M attempt to cash in on the success of It Happened One Night looks as if it was shot on the run too. Back at his home studio, Gable is playing the hard-bitten reporter once more, while this time Joan Crawford assumes the Claudette Colbert role of the escaping-from-an-unwanted-marriage heiress. No doubt to forestall any Columbia claim for outright plagiarism, Metro has been forced to make the situations far more outlandish, complete with a brace of comic-opera spies plus a competitive "buddy" for the reporter. As a result, a good deal of the humor seems rather forced--a problem often intensified by the players themselves who try to make up in aggressive delivery what the script often lacks in genuine wit.

    Nonetheless, Gable manages to impress his usual creditable performance upon his characterization of the fast-talking, double-crossing reporter (we like the scene where he dances and fools around in period costume). Crawford looks beautiful and acts adequately. Tone is wasted. He really hasn't much to do. He's just a foil.

    A fine assemblage of support players is also on hand, led by Reginald Owen as the bogus baron, Donald Meek as a loony caretaker, and Billy Gilbert as a put-wise headwaiter.

    Oddly, Love on the Run lacks Director Van Dyke's usual skilful polish. The film editor should be congratulated for the clever job he often does in disguising some very clumsy camera set-ups-including a crowded tracking shot that Van Dyke went ahead and printed anyway, even though it missed the marks for Mona Barrie and Reg Owen! (Now there's a wonderful example of his penchant for hasty and just tear-ahead shooting).

    The film was produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Two or three particularly snappy rejoinders in the dialogue were no doubt contributed by him. And maybe he did a lot more. It wouldn't surprise me if producer and writers made up the script as the film rolled along. It certainly sounds that way.

    A lot of money has been expended on the movie. The sets look astoundingly (but attractively) lavish, and there's a nice music score too (including the song, "Gone").

    Doubtless owing to the director's insistence on celerity, Marsh's lighting photography, however, is less artistically stylish than his customary approach.
  • This is basically a more complicated retread of Gable's "It Happened One Night." Once again, a reporter hooks up with an heiress to get a big scoop, and in spite of initial antagonism, their high level of physical attractiveness inevitably leads to love. But in this one there's also professional rivalry and a few spies.

    Gable has a lot of charm, but his character is really pretty awful. Screwball stars are often a bit obnoxious, but for me, he seemed particularly conscienceless. He casually commits major crimes and treats his rival (well played by Franchot Tone) worse than I would treat an enemy, yet this is all played as harmless hijinks.

    There are some cute scenes, most notably one in a castle, and it's certainly watchable, but I just found this movie both mildly amusing and mildly objectionable.
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    ...and this movie is plain dumb.

    The whole plot is stupid! 2 London-based American newspapermen (Gable and Tone) are rivals for covering hot stories...including one about a millionairess (Crawford) who bolts out of her own wedding, afraid of newspapermen. Meanwhile a baron involved in aviation (but really a spy) gets involved in the story, and Crawford and Gable fly off...even though he's not a pilot. She doesn't realize he's a reporter. They crash land and hitch a ride on a cabbage truck, and before long Tone has caught up with them, only to lose out on the story again. Crawford and Gable spend the night at the Palace of Fontainebleau and then discover they are in love. Then Crawford learns that Gable is a reporter using her for a good story. Then the spies show up again and eventually Crawford is kidnapped. Of course, they all live happily ever after. YES, IT REALLY IS THAT DUMB.

    Gable plays Gable; which is good. Now, after watching the television mini-series "Feud", it' difficult for me to take Crawford seriously any longer, although she is pleasant enough here. I liked Franchot Tone here, but he certainly got the short end of the stick. Reginald Owens as the baron and William Demarest (as the newspaper editor and whom I usually like) just come across as buffoons in this film. A bright spot is Donald Meek, as adorable as ever.

    Ludicrous. Not recommended except for die-hard fans of Gable and Crawford (and I am quite a fan of Gables).
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    Love On The Run (1936)

    W.S. Van Dyke, who's famous for doing great madcap, romantic, screwball comedies, like the Thin Man series, did an okay job with this one too. Crawford and Tone were recently married in real life and Gable has been friends (and more) with Crawford for many years.

    Two competing reporters, Michael Anthony (Clark Gable) and Barnabas Pells (Franchot Tone) chase down the story of a runaway bride heiress Sally Parker (Joan Crawford) who recently married and then jilted a European Prince Igor (Ivan Lebedeff).

    Naturally, you know that Sally is going to fall in love with Michael despite her hating reporters. Barnabas is slowly catching up though. Later they meet the Baron and Baroness Spandemann (Reginad Owen and Mona Barrie) who, as it turns out, are international (Nazi?) spies. Then the story veers off into a totally different direction.
  • I love old films as much as I despise modern pop culture (which is a lot). I love the glamour in old films, the sophistication, the wit, the lack of foul language, vulgarity and mindless sex.

    Unfortunately, and just to prove things are never perfect, one sad characteristic of 1930s film making is that they seemed to believe that comedy should consist of people acting frantically and shouting at the top of their voices. This film is an example. I sat there thinking, "Man, this film started yesterday." Finally, the constant shouting and silly humor got on my nerves and I had to turn it off. Too bad because the cast is top notch. But it just did not do it for me.