Today We Live

Gary Cooper as Lt Richard Bogard in Today We Live (1933).  Gary made two more films with Howard Hawks.  Both were much more successful and rewarding.  In 1941 Gary earned an Oscar as Sergeant York, and the following year he was Professor Potts opposite Barbara Stanwyck in the comedy classic Ball of Fire.

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Today We Live

More emphasis seems to have been placed on Joan Crawford’s publicity stills for Today We Live (1933) than on a dramatically interesting story, despite the involvement of William Faulkner.

Today We Live

In addition to Gary Cooper as Lt Bogard, Joan Crawford was also romanced by Robert Young as Lt Claude Hope and Franchot Tone as Lt Ronnie Boyce-Smith in Today We Live (1933), a dramatically weak effort except for the action highlights.

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Joan Crawford appears unselfconscious in some kind of clown costume for Today We Live (1933)

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Today We Live is Howard Hawks’ 14th film.

Today We Live premiered Mar 3, 1933.

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MGM executives unsuccessfully turned Today We Live (1933), a Howard Hawks, William Faulkner action adventure drama, into a Joan Crawford romance.  It would be the first and last time Hawks worked at MGM.

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Joan Crawford as Englishwoman Diana Boyce in one of her many publicity stills for Today We Live (1933)

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Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford in an awkward pose for Today We Live (1933), Howard Hawks’ first weak film.  He made only three more weak films in his career:  A Song is Born, Land of the Pharaohs and Red Line 7000.  Even his weakest films all had terrific action (or musical) highlights.  All his other films range from the middling to the essential masterpieces.

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Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper made one film together, Today We Live (1933).  They were not convincing as a romantic couple.

Today We Live

Joan Crawford’s wardrobe by Adrian for Today We Live (1933) was frequently over the top ridiculous.  She was also unconvincing in her performance of a wealthy English woman during World War I.