Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Picture of the day: The Right to Romance

 Nils Asther as Dr 'Heppie' Heppling (they sure how to name their characters in those days) The Right to Romance, 1933

This has got to be the most miscast Asther ever was - he's supposed to be a sweet, timid medical researcher. And although his dialogue is geeky and shy, his body language is all wrong. He's practically all over the leading lady (Ann Harding), you nearly need a spatula to get him off her. Ever heard of personal space, sir?

In this scene he's watching the woman of his dreams get married to someone else - and he's agreed to give her away in place of a father figure. Woe and angst.

You can watch this film - here and - here.

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