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A still from Service de Luxe (1938)

Service de Luxe

1938 | United States | 85 min
  • Watched on Sat Mar 27, 2021 via YouTube
    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Vincent Price’s debut. He plays a henpecked inventor hoping to sell his plan for a new tractor. Constance Bennett plays the owner of a company of female concierges who manage wealthy men’s lives. She longs for an independent man. He longs for a submissive woman. You can see where it’s going.

    Bennett charmed me from her first scene and never let go. Though the script has her yearning for a sexist norm, she never loses her agency. Price acquits himself well in a role I could imagine John Wayne playing. And the script even pokes fun at its own convenient plotting. This one surprised me.

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