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* DomesticAbuser: Ted pretends to be one to scare away Regi’s date, and she joins in!

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* DomesticAbuser: DomesticAbuse: Ted pretends to be one to scare away Regi’s date, and she joins in!


* RomanticFalseLead: Allen. Played by Ralph Bellamy, so that should’ve tipped everyone off.

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* RomanticFalseLead: Allen. Played by Ralph Bellamy, Creator/RalphBellamy, so that should’ve tipped everyone off.


Meanwhile, Regi literally bumps into Theodore Drew III (Fred [=MacMurray=]), a millionaire worth trying to nab. Luckily, she gets a date with him. Unfortunately, Regi finds out that he’s engaged to the pineapple heiress, Vivien Snowden (Astrid Allwyn), and the [[TheGreatDepression Crash]] affected the Drew’s cash flow. To add insult to injury, he’s [[CantHoldHisLiquor so drunk]] after their date, she has to keep him in her apartment for the night. When Regi gets back from work, it turns out that Ted missed his boat to Bermuda, and asks Regi to let him stay so his soon-to-be father-in-law and fiancée don’t find out.

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Meanwhile, Regi literally bumps into Theodore Drew III (Fred [=MacMurray=]), (Creator/FredMacMurray), a millionaire worth trying to nab. Luckily, she gets a date with him. Unfortunately, Regi finds out that he’s engaged to the pineapple heiress, Vivien Snowden (Astrid Allwyn), and the [[TheGreatDepression Crash]] affected the Drew’s cash flow. To add insult to injury, he’s [[CantHoldHisLiquor so drunk]] after their date, she has to keep him in her apartment for the night. When Regi gets back from work, it turns out that Ted missed his boat to Bermuda, and asks Regi to let him stay so his soon-to-be father-in-law and fiancée don’t find out.


--->'''Regi''': Honest? (meant as, “really”?)

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--->'''Regi''': Honest? (meant as, “really”?)“really?")


Directed by Mitchell Leisen, this is a stand-out screwball comedy that not only added to Lombard’s stardom, but made Fred [=MacMurray=] her frequent co-star: they appeared in [[ThoseTwoActors four films together]].

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Directed by Mitchell Leisen, Creator/MitchellLeisen, this is a stand-out screwball comedy that not only added to Lombard’s stardom, but made Fred [=MacMurray=] her frequent co-star: they appeared in [[ThoseTwoActors four films together]].


* SmokingIsGlamorous: The {{chiaroscuro}} lighting in the rooftop scene makes their smoking darn look good.

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* SmokingIsGlamorous: The {{chiaroscuro}} lighting in the rooftop scene makes their smoking darn look good.


* {{Adorkable}}: Allen’s always exited for his manicure appoint with Regi and gussy up with new dressing gowns and such.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Allen’s always exited for his manicure appoint with Regi and gussy gussies up with new dressing gowns and such.gowns.



-->'''Regi''': I'm only ‘’almost’’ as good as your mother was.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Happens on the rooftop. Regi rejects it, but then changes her mind to only find that Ted has left for good.]]

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-->'''Regi''': I'm only ‘’almost’’ ''almost'' as good as your mother was.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Happens on the rooftop. Regi rejects it, but then changes her mind to only find that Ted has left for good.left.]]



* CryIntoChest: When Regi goes up to do Allen’s nails, she confesses that she fell in love like a sucker and cries accordingly.

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* CryIntoChest: When Regi goes up to do Allen’s nails, she confesses that she fell in love like a sucker and cries accordingly.



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Regi wears light coloured clothing whereas Vivian tends to wear darker, less becoming clothing.

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Regi wears light coloured clothing whereas Vivian tends to wear darker, less becoming clothing.shades.



* DoggedNiceGuy: Poor Allen falls in love with Regi, but she considers him a friend, and he never once tells her he has feelings for her.
* DomesticAbuser: Ted pretends to be one to scare away Regi’s date, and she joins in as well.

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* DoggedNiceGuy: Poor Allen falls in love with Regi, but she only considers him a friend, and he never once tells her he has feelings for her.
* DomesticAbuser: Ted pretends to be one to scare away Regi’s date, and she joins in as well.in!



* GreenEyedMonster: Vivian’s response to Ted being around Regi. Interestingly enough, once she realizes he’s in love, understands and breaks off the engagement, wishing him luck.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Vivian’s response to Ted being around with Regi. Interestingly enough, once she realizes he’s in love, she understands and breaks off the engagement, wishing him luck.



* HiccupHijinks: To get rid of Regi’s hiccups, Ted tells her that she needs to stand over a glass of water and sip from the other side. It works [[spoiler: until her hiccups come back seconds later.]]
* IdleRich: Ted was, but not he has to either marry Vivian or get a job. The latter being the worst possible choice for him.

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* HiccupHijinks: To get rid of Regi’s hiccups, Ted tells her says that she needs to stand over a glass of water and sip from the other side.side to get rid of them. It works [[spoiler: until her hiccups come back seconds later.]]
* IdleRich: Ted was, but not now he has to either marry Vivian or get a job. The latter being the worst possible choice for him.



* LongingLook: Quite a few between Regi and Ted, but they won’t admit at the time.

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* LongingLook: Quite a few between Regi and Ted, but they won’t admit at the time.it.



* RichBitch: Vivien certainly acts like one, but she certainly had reasons to be jealous.

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* RichBitch: Vivien certainly acts like one, but she certainly had reasons to be jealous.



* RomanticComedy:

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* RomanticComedy: RomanticComedy



* SceneryCensor: While pressing his pants, Ted walks around in his underwear for a while, but when he bends down, there’s a strategically placed plant to stop any peeping eyes from [[FemaleGaze seeing something extra]]. It's surprising how much films got away with after the HaysCode crackdown.

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* SceneryCensor: While pressing his pants, Ted walks around in his underwear for a while, but when he bends down, there’s a strategically placed plant to stop any peeping eyes from [[FemaleGaze seeing something extra]]. It's surprising how much films got away with after the HaysCode crackdown.



* ShirtlessScene: Ted needs to look like he was in Bermuda, so Regi gets a tanning lamp from the barbershop. He’s then shirtless for a long period. Regi doesn’t seem to mind.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: The {{chiaroscuro}} lighting in the rooftop scene makes their smoking look good.

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* ShirtlessScene: Ted needs to look like he was in Bermuda, so Regi gets a tanning lamp from the barbershop. He’s then shirtless for a long period. Regi doesn’t seem to mind.
mind, however.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: The {{chiaroscuro}} lighting in the rooftop scene makes their smoking darn look good.



* YourCheatingHeart: Ted goes on a date with Regi even though he’s engaged to Vivian. He then proceeds to have a friendship with Regi, but we all know how that turns out…

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* YourCheatingHeart: Ted goes on a date with Regi even though he’s engaged to Vivian. He then proceeds to have a friendship platonic relationship with Regi, but we all know how that turns out…


''Hands Across the Table'' (1935) is a Creator/ParamountPictures ScrewballComedy about Regi Allen (Creator/CaroleLombard), a gold-digging manicurist who thinks love is for suckers and doesn’t want anything to do with it.

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''Hands Across the Table'' (1935) is a Creator/ParamountPictures Creator/{{Paramount}} ScrewballComedy about Regi Allen (Creator/CaroleLombard), a gold-digging manicurist who thinks love is for suckers and doesn’t want anything to do with it.


They both realize that they’re after the same thing: money. Love is something that can’t exist to them, so they become friends. But being strictly friends proves to be difficult.

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They both realize that they’re after the same thing: money. Love is something that can’t exist to them, so they become friends.

But being strictly friends proves to be difficult.


* InnocentCohabitation: Ted suggests that he should be Regi’s roommate while he pretends to be in Bermuda, and all is fine in well until romantic feelings begin to boil…

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* InnocentCohabitation: Ted suggests that he should be Regi’s roommate while he pretends to be in Bermuda, and all is fine in and well until romantic feelings begin to boil…


* {{Adorkable}}: Allen’s always exited for his manicure appoint with Regi, and gussy up with new dressing gowns and such.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Allen’s always exited for his manicure appoint with Regi, Regi and gussy up with new dressing gowns and such.


--->'''Regi''': Honest? ''[meant as, “really”?]''

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--->'''Regi''': Honest? ''[meant (meant as, “really”?]''“really”?)


* CryIntoChest: When Regi goes up to do Allen’s nails, she confesses that she fell in love like a sucker, and cries accordingly.
* ScrewballComedy: A wonderful one with the Queen of Screwball, Carole Lombard.

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* CryIntoChest: When Regi goes up to do Allen’s nails, she confesses that she fell in love like a sucker, sucker and cries accordingly.
* ScrewballComedy: A wonderful one with the Queen of Screwball, Carole Lombard.
accordingly.


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* ScrewballComedy: A wonderful one with the "Queen of Screwball", Carole Lombard.


* {{Chiaroscuro}}: During the roof scenes (and nighttime ones), the lighting is very like what would later be used for FilmNoir, so much so that taking these shots isolated from the entire movie, they look like they could’ve come straight out of a noir. However, for the tone of the film, it creates more of a romantic mood.

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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: During the roof scenes (and nighttime ones), the lighting is very like what would later be used for FilmNoir, so much so that taking these shots isolated from the entire movie, they look like they could’ve come straight scenes out of context, they have a noir.noir sensibility. However, for the tone of the film, it creates more of a romantic mood.

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