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After he loses his fortune, English gentleman Andrew Poole is delighted to discover that his fiancée Shirley still wishes to marry him. Shirley works in an office, while Andrew tends the house and writes a novel. By their first wedding anniversary, Andrew has become consumed with jealousy over the men Shirley meets at work. Fed up with Andrew's incessant nagging, Shirley decides that she needs a "marriage holiday" and books passage for herself on the ocean liner Nebula . Andrew says that he is going fishing but instead gets a job in the Nebula 's barber shop. He spies on Shirley as she makes friends with other passengers and scares off one of her potential suitors, Murchison, by intimating that Shirley and her husband, who is secretly on the boat, run a scam to blackmail her admirers. Andrew then frightens off another male passenger, Rollins, by telling him that Shirley's jealous husband killed the last man he caught in her boudoir. Meanwhile, Mrs. Signus, a flirtatious older woman, develops a liking for Andrew, whom she mistakenly thinks is a prince in hiding. One morning, Andrew is spying on Shirley from Mrs. Signus' cabin when Mrs. Signus suddenly appears and catches him. She then hides him in the closet when Shirley arrives for a chat. Shirley confides that her husband is the only man who has ever kissed her and that she would like to have more experience. Andrew sneezes in the closet, and Shirley assumes that the hidden man is Mrs. Signus' lover. She thanks Mrs. Signus for her example and prepares to attend a gala costume ball that evening. Shirley is accompanied by English playboy Richard Taversham, who is dressed as "Romeo." Andrew, disguised as "Neptune," overhears as Richard romances Shirley and begs her to leave her cabin door open that night so that he may visit her. While Richard is in his cabin preparing for the tryst, Andrew steals some of his "Stolen Love" cologne, then ties his cabin door shut. Meanwhile, Shirley has become tipsy on the champagne sent by Richard and imagines that Andrew's photograph indicates for her to lock her door. Deciding to be faithful, Shirley locks the door but does not notice as the bolt does not catch. Andrew enters after Shirley has turned out the lights and makes love to her without saying a word. When he leaves, he takes the monogrammed cigarette case that he gave to her before they were married. The next morning, Richard apologizes to Shirley for not coming to her cabin, and Shirley realizes in horror that she does not know the identity of her lover. She disembarks early and goes home, where her friend, Judy Mills, advises her not to tell Andrew of her "infidelity." Just then, Richard arrives and Shirley is confused by his claim that the barber shop attendant gave him her address and said that she wanted him to visit her. Andrew arrives home a short time later, and Richard is shocked to recognize him as the attendant. As Andrew escorts Richard to the door, he shows him the cigarette case, and the relieved Richard nods that he understands Andrew's subterfuge. Shirley sees the interchange in a mirror and figures out the deception her husband has practiced. She confesses that she spent the night with another man, but states that she is not ashamed, for she is proud to have appealed to "such a lover." Shirley then tells Andrew that her lover is in the bedroom, and as he looks at himself in the mirror, she informs him that she knew all along that he was on the boat. She then tells him to knock the next time he wants to make love to a lady, and closes the bedroom door. Andrew smiles and knocks, then goes into the bedroom.
Theodor Von Eltz
George K. Arthur
A surprisingly modern and inventive pre-code comedy, 1933's Pleasure Cruise gives Young one of the showcase starring roles of his career. Young plays Andrew, a husband whose wife Shirley (Genevieve Tobin) is the wage earner in the family. That allows Andrew to stay home and work on a novel he's trying to write, but it doesn't keep him from being consumed by jealousy of the men with whom his wife works. Fed up with Andrew's suspicions, Shirley goes solo on a cruise, and Andrew goes incognito as a barber on the ship to keep to keep an eye on her. Complications ensue, including a romantic rendezvous in the dark that leaves Andrew convinced that Shirley is being unfaithful. Veteran character actors Una O'Connor and Herbert Mundin add excellent comic support, and Ralph Forbes is a suave rival for Shirley's affections.
New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall found the lightweight farce amusing, thanks to the talents of its stars, calling them "shining lights," and comparing the film to playwright Ferenc Molnar's sophisticated comedy of marital infidelity, The Guardsman. "Even though it lacks the hoped-for subtle shading, it is quite a diverting production and both Mr. Young and Miss Tobin atone for its shortcomings by their excellent acting."
As was common in that early sound era, Fox concurrently made a Spanish-language version of Pleasure Cruise with a different cast, starring Brazilian singer/actor Raul Roulien (best known for singing "Orchids in the Moonlight" to Dolores del Rio in the Astaire-Rogers film Flying Down to Rio (1933), Rosita Moreno and Mona Maris.
Roland Young's film career, already quite successful, reached new heights a few years later when he played the befuddled Cosmo Topper, haunted by a couple of glamorous ghosts in Topper (1937). The performance earned him his sole Oscar® nomination as Best Supporting Actor, and the film did so well that it was followed by two sequels.
Director: Frank Tuttle
Screenplay: Guy Bolton based on the play by Austen Allen
Cinematography: Ernest Palmer
Editor: Alex Troffey
Costume Design: William Lambert
Art Direction: Gordon Wiles
Principal Cast: Roland Young (Andrew Poole), Genevieve Tobin (Shirley Poole), Ralph Forbes (Richard Taversham), Una O'Connor (Mrs. Signus), Herbert Mundin (Henry), Minna Gombell (Judy), Theodore von Eltz (Murchison)
by Margarita Landazuri
According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department in the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, James Howe photographed scenes aboard the S.S. Bremen that were included in this film. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, the picture was to have a special preview aboard the S.S. Winnipeg in San Pedro, CA, but it was called off because of the March 10, 1933 earthquake that caused extensive damage in Long Beach and San Pedro. The food prepared for the preview audience was sent to Long Beach for earthquake victims. Fox also produced a Spanish-language version of Pleasure Cruise-see record for No dejes la puerta abierta