Men Are Not Gods

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Men Are Not Gods
Directed by Walter Reisch
Produced by Alexander Korda
Written by Walter Reisch
Screenplay by G.B. Stern
Iris Wright
Starring Miriam Hopkins
Gertrude Lawrence
Sebastian Shaw
Rex Harrison
Music by Geoffrey Toye
Cinematography Charles Rosher
Edited by Henry Cornelius
William Hornbeck
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 26 November 1936 (1936-11-26) (UK)
  • 18 January 1937 (1937-01-18) (U.S.)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Men Are Not Gods is a 1936 British film starring Miriam Hopkins and co-starring Gertrude Lawrence, Sebastian Shaw and Rex Harrison. It was a success in the UK when released largely due to the popularity of the two female stars Hopkins and Lawrence. This also brought to attention the talents of Rex Harrison who made his breakthrough into Hollywood not too long after this film. Gertrude Lawrence, although not so much a movie actress, was at the peak of her stage career when this film was released and her performance was praised.

Plot summary[edit]

In London, critic Mr. Skeates dictates a scathing review of Edmund Davey, the lead actor debuting in the play Othello, to his secretary, Ann Williams. Barbara Albert, Davey's co-star and wife, comes to the newspaper offices to plead her husband's case. Skeates has already left, so she begs Ann for help to save Edmund's career, insisting that he is a great actor who was simply overwhelmed by his great opportunity. Ann is touched and takes a great risk (as Skeates never reads his own work), rewriting the review to praise the actor's performance. The critic, however, finds out when Edmund thanks him for his kind words, and Ann is given the sack.

She goes to see the play. She and the rest of the audience are entranced by Edmund's second performance. When Barbara spots her after the show, she introduces Ann to her husband. Ann and Edmund become infatuated with each other, however.



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