MAN OF THE WORLD is a surprisingly dreary romantic melodrama, given that it stars two of my all-time favorite actors, William Powell and Carole Lombard.
Powell and Lombard play a couple of Americans in Paris. Powell is a con man who wants to reform when he falls in love with sweet young thing Lombard. Unfortunately, Powell's longtime partner in crime, Wynne Gibson, won't stand for Powell reforming.
Powell gives a sensitive performance, while Lombard doesn't have much to do but look beautiful. All in all, though, the film is slow-paced and melancholy, and one is glad when it draws to a close after 72 minutes. This one is for Powell and Lombard completists only.
Powell and Lombard starred in LADIES' MAN with Kay Francis later in 1931, and more significantly, they were married that year. Although the marriage ended a couple years later, the couple remained friends and went on to star in the classic screwball comedy MY MAN GODFREY in 1936.
Guy Kibbee, George Chandler, and Lawrence Gray complete the cast for MAN OF THE WORLD. The movie was directed by Richard Wallace and Edward Goodman (the latter uncredited). The script was by Herman J. Mankiewicz.
MAN OF THE WORLD is available on DVD.
Reviews of other films in the Lombard DVD collection: LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST, HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE, and THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS.