Black and White, 85 min
Character: Anne Merrick
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Cast: Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Stuart Erwin, Lilyan Tashman, Norman Foster
Studio: Paramount Pictures

After Steve Merrick has his first story published, he proposes to his girl friend Anne, who refuses on the grounds that she loves him for all the wrong reasons. They finally agree to marry for one year, stipulating that if they are not happy at that time, they will separate. After one year, Steve and Anne are still happy. Steve, however, is jealous of Anne's friend, Gilbert Morrell, a publisher who urges Steve to give up his day job and concentrate on writing. Against Steve's wishes, Anne gets a job at their friend Biney Hatfield's Paramount theater, and Steve quits his job. Steve writes at home, but becomes frustrated with household chores and with relying on his wife for an allowance. He becomes suspicious when Anne spends evenings after work with Gil, and angrily decides to throw a going-away party for their neighbor, Luella May Carroll, who has been trying to seduce him for months. Anne confides in Gil that she is pregnant, but she does not want Steve to know. Gil gives her some money as a loan so she can quit work if she needs to. When Anne gets home she finds their friends there, but no Steve, who eventually comes in with Luella. He is angry because he feels like a "kept man." When Anne shows him the check from Gil, telling him it is his first payment for his book, he sees it is made out to her and accuses her of having an affair. They separate but after three months meet again to sell their apartment, and make plans to divorce so Anne can marry Gil. While showing the apartment, they realize they are still in love, however, and reunite, with Steve delighted at the prospect of becoming a father.


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