Today We Live

Joan Crawford was unconvincing as British noble woman Diana in a publicity still for Today We Live (1933).  She was added to the cast at the last second, without time to do a proper re-write.  The film was released at 113 minutes, after negative audience response at the 135 minute previews.  It would be interesting to see the 22 minutes that got  cut.

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foreign flyer for Today We Live (1933)

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Roscoe Karns, Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone see action in World War I in Today We Live (1933).  As always, the Howard Hawks filmed action scenes, on land, sea and air, are terrific, but the story is weak.

 

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Howard Hawks directing Franchot Tone, and under the cot, Joan Crawford and Robert Young, in Today We Live.  The film premiered Mar 3, 1933, and was Hawks’ 14th credit as a director.

The back of this foreign publicity still for Today We Live (1933) reads

Joan Crawford, Robert Young y Franchot Tone, filmando cierta escena de una pelicula de la Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Junto a la camera el director Howard Hawks observa atenatmonte.

 

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Gary Cooper in Today We Live (1933), his first of three films with Howard Hawks.  The other two, Sergeant York and Ball of Fire, were critical and commercial successes

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Joan Crawford in Today We Live (1933), photographed by Oliver T Marsh.  Ollie was born in Kansas City, and had 133 credits from 1916 to 1941.  Long at MGM, his highlights include other Joan Crawford films, Possessed (1931),  Rain (1932), and again in Dancing Lady (1933).  His other notable credits include David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, The Great Ziegfeld, and San Francisco, featuring the famous earthquake.

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Franchot Tone, Joan Crawford and Robert Young in Today We Live (1933).  This was Hawks’ first failure as a director., despite William Faulkner’s dialogue.  Joan Crawford was added at the last minute by MGM executives, leaving no time for a proper re-write.

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Robert Young, Franchot Tone, and Joan Crawford in Today We Live (1933).  The World War I England background was unconvincing.

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Louise Closser Hale and Joan Crawford in a scene from Today We Live (1933)

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Spanish flyer for Today We Live (1933)

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Spanish poster for Today We Live (1933)

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Spanish poster for Today We Live (1933)

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Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford in a publicity still for Today We Live (1933).  They married Oct 1935 and divorced Apr 39.

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World War I action in Today We Live (1933).  Hawks was under contract to MGM during 1933 and worked on three pictures there.  Today We Live was the only one of the three where he had on screen director credit.  He also worked on The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) and filmed all the outdoor scenes for Viva Villa (1934) before being fired for going over budget in Mexico but got no on screen credit for either.  Although Today We Live is one Hawks’ four weak films, of course the action is first rate.

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Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford in Today We Live (1933).  They were married for a few years after the film.