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Gary Cooper as Bogard in a screencap from Today We Live (1933)

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Despite Joan Crawford’s last minute addition to the cast, she and Howard Hawks got along well while filming Today We Live (1933), and Hawks would work with Gary Cooper on his first Oscar winner, Sergeant York, and on the classic comedy Ball of Fire.

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Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford in their only film together, Today We Live (1933), one of Howard Hawks’ four weak films.  Not surprisingly it got a very positive review in the Hollywood Reporter review of the day.  The review says that the direction of Howard Hawks “is well nigh perfection.”

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/today-we-live-review-1933-movie-1093323

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Franchot Tone as Ronnie in a screencap from Today We Live (1933)

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Robert Young as Claude in a screencap from Today We Live (1933)

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Joan Crawford as Diana in a publicity still for Today We Live (1933)

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Robert Young and Joan Crawford in a publicity still for Today We Live (1933)

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Robert Young and Franchot Tone behind the scenes of Today We Live (1933).

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Today We Live (1933) was ruined by MGM studio interference.  They had Howard Hawks as director and William Faulkner as screenwriter adapting his own story, but they were hired in service of a Joan Crawford romance.

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Robert Young and Joan Crawford in Today We Live (1933)

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Howard Hawks filming Today We Live (1933) at the MGM studios with Franchot Tone, Joan Crawford and Robert Young.

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Howard Hawks directing Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford in Today We Live (1933).

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Not even the massive MGM publicity department, all the big stars and Pulitzer Prize winner William Faulkner could save Today We Live (1933).

 

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Gary Cooper was under contract to Paramount Studios when he was loaned to MGM for Today We Live (1933), but then was saddled with Joan Crawford who was a late addition to the production.  This was their only film together.

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Joan Crawford in a publicity still for Today We Live (1933).  The film was a critical and commercial flop.  Howard Hawks would never again work at MGM.