Nothing Sacred

This witty classic satire showcases Carole Lombard at her best. When she is mistakenly diagnosed with radium poisoning, a cynical reporter exploits her misfortune to increase circulation. Among the best screwball comedies of the 1930s.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 16, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1937
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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User Ratings: 1,536
The screenplay, largely by Ben Hecht, is full of his comically highfalutin turns of phrase, and there are some wonderfully sharp, satiric moments...
New York Times
Dec 23, 2011
The principals are excellent as usual, and have the additional fine support of Charles Winninger and Walter Connolly. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Jul 18, 2019
Rating: 5/5 -- All time classic satire about media-generated fame
Atlantic City Weekly
Aug 17, 2006
'It's all good Thirties fun....The cynicism of a cut-throat media machine and a public that gladly eats it up doesn't lurk far beneath the glory of the film's early Technicolor.
Film Comment
Jan 1, 2012
Wellman knew to keep this story short -- it runs just 73 minutes -- and speedy. And yet he understands how to conduct it so that it's more than just breakneck comedy. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Jan 7, 2012
Rating: A -- The film has been perceived as a satire on yellow journalism due to Hect'd experience. There's a key line in which a NY journalst is told: A Newspaperman? The hand of God reaching down into the mire couldn't elevate one of them to the depth of degradation Full Review
Sep 16, 2006
Rating: A- -- Sophisticated, well-oiled 1930s screwball comedy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 30, 2007

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Carole Lombard cracks wiser than almost anybody in Nothing Sacred, one of the most brilliant and hilarious satires ever to come out of Hollywood.

Lombard portrays Hazel Flagg, a young girl thought to be dying of radium poisoning. Fredric March is a hotshot reporter who writes such heartfelt stories about her plight that she soon becomes a national heroine. Trouble is, Hazel has been misdiagnosed; she's not dying at all. And nobody will allow her to tell the truth!

Few comedies have equaled the freshness of Nothing Sacred. This screwball comedy sparkles with biting dialogue and Lombard's performance is not to be missed.

Product Description:

In this classic screwball comedy, Carole Lombard plays Hazel Flagg, a small-town girl who pretends to be dying from radium poisoning so she can win a free trip to New York City. Fredric March plays Wally Cook, the big-city newspaper reporter who sets up the plan by breaking the story and then complicates matters when he falls for Hazel. The result is a marvelous satire, directed by William Wellman and featuring terrific performances from the two leads as well as Charles Winninger and Walter Connolly. Carole Lombard offers up an ironic monologue about the beauty of dying in what was to be one of her last films prior to her real-life ending in a plane crash.

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NOTHING SACRED is a lively comedy about a hotshot reporter who exploits the predicted death of a woman to make headlines, who in turn exploits her nonexistent illness to get a free trip to New York.


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Nothing Sacred Movie Lover: from anonymous -- July, 30, 2003

This is the original movie that was later re-made by Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin! Such a good movie - and Carole Lombard is at her best!

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  • Sales Rank: 35,047
  • UPC: 089218307491
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