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After nearly a decade of nominal "leading lady" roles, Carole Lombard landed her first genuine starring vehicle with Hands Across the Table. Reasoning that the way to a man's heart is through his cuticles, Regi Allen (Carole Lombard) takes a job as a manicurist at a fancy barbershop, unabashedly admitting that she hopes to use this position to snag a rich husband. Sure enough, Regi's charms prove irresistable to Allen Macklyn (Ralph Bellamy) a wealthy and charming invalid, who knows that the girl is a golddigger but doesn't care. The other man in Regi's life is Theodore "Ted" Drew III (Fred MacMurray), who though born into a wealthy family is stone broke, and on the verge of marrying a rich debutante (Astrid Allwyn) to replenish his lost fortune. Hoping to briefly escape this fate and his other financial problems, Theodore hides out in Regi's apartment. It is, of course, a platonic relationship: Having been burned in the past, Regi doesn't want to get romantically entangled with a pauper, while Ted is already promised to someone else. But, as is often the case in 1930s comedies, things don't quite turn out the way that either Regi or Ted expect. Full of delightful, unexpected touches, Hands Across the Table proved to be a major boost for Carole Lombard's career, and didn't exactly do any harm to up-and-coming Fred MacMurray either. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Carole Lombard
as Regi Allen
Fred MacMurray
as Theodore Drew III
Ralph Bellamy
as Allen Macklyn
Astrid Allwyn
as Vivian Snowden
Ruth Donnelly
as Laura
Marie Prevost
as Nona
William Demarest
as Natty
Edward Gargan
as Pinky Kelly
Ferdinand Munier
as Miles, the Butler
Harold Minjir
as Valentine
Marcelle Corday
as Celeste, the French Maid
James Adamson
as Porter
Murray Alper
as Cab Driver
Sam Ash
as Maitre d'
Albert Conti
as Maitre d' in Speakeasy
Nell Craig
as Saleslady
Bess Flowers
as Diner
Jerry Mandy
as Headwaiter
Nelson McDowell
as Man in Nightshirt
Francis Sayles
Jerome Storm
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
Albert Conti
as Maitre d' in Speakeasy
Nelson McDowell
as Man in Nightshirt
Murray Alper
as Cab Driver
Jerry Mandy
as Headwaiter
James Adamson
as Porter
Bess Flowers
as Diner
Nell Craig
as Saleslady
Sam Ash
as Maitre d'

Crew

Mitchell Leisen
Director
Norman Krasna
Screenwriter
Vincent Lawrence
Screenwriter
Ted Tetzlaff
Cinematographer
Frederick Hollander
Songwriter
Mitchell Parish
Songwriter
Travis Banton
Costume Designer
Vina Delmar
Short Story Author
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