Time to get into the 1934 movie We’re Not Dressing, starring Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Ethel Merman!
At first, we find everybody on the yacht of Doris Worthington (Carole Lombard), as she is giving entertaining other society friends. The ship runs into a reef, and so she, her society friends, and one of the sailors, Stephen Jones (Bing Crosby) are shipwrecked on an island. Stephen soon proves more adept at surviving, and all the others are forced to listen to him, including a very reluctant Doris, who ends up falling in love with him.
The movie is based on the novel “The Admirable Crichton” by Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie. I don’t know how accurate the movie is for the story, but they do reference it at one point.
Admittedly, the plot of the movie isn’t the main concern. It’s seeing the various actors and actresses do their specialties. Bing Crosby has a few fun songs, in what I personally consider to be one of his better early films. He mainly has three songs that I enjoy: “May I” which is sung near the beginning of the movie; the song “Goodnight, Lovely Little Lady” where the fun is Doris’s pet bear, which Stephen has to take care, and the bear enjoys Bing’s singing (enough to pounce him until he sings this song to get the bear off); and “Love Thy Neighbor,” sung on the island while Doris and her friends are ignoring him as he builds shelter.
Of course, George and Gracie are already on the island before everybody is shipwrecked. They are on a hunting/ nature expedition, and they get a chance to engage in some of their trademark humor. Especially some of Gracie’s traps (or should I say her “moose traps”).
This is a movie I enjoy, and I would definitely recommend it if you get a chance to see it! The movie is available on DVD from Universal, either alone or as part of at least 3 multi-film sets. The movie is about one hour, twenty minutes.
My Rating: 8/10