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Hands Across the Table (1935)




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In this romantic comedy, a manicurist after being jilted one time too many decides to harden her heart against love, and look for financial security instead. She journeys to Manhattan and meets a handsome, wealthy man in a wheelchair. He falls madly in love with her and has every intention of marrying her. Meanwhile, a playboy from an impoverished aristocratic family is preparing to marry a wealthy socialite to restore his fortune. The playboy meets the manicurist when he saunters into her shop one day. He invites her to dine. She, thinking he is rich, accepts. To pay for the repast, the man uses the money his fiance had given him for a vacation in Bermuda. At dinner he gets very drunk and ends up spending the night in her tiny apartment; the next day, when she gets back from work, he tells her the truth about his family. By this time she doesn't care; her hard heart has melted and she is madly in love. They decide to marry as soon as he can find a job. Their wealthy fiances are left behind without a backward glance.


Carole Lombard
as Regi Allen
Fred MacMurray
as Theodore Drew III
Ralph Bellamy
as Allen Macklyn
Astrid Allwyn
as Vivian Snowden
Edward Gargan
as Pinky Kelly
Ferdinand Munier
as Miles, the Butler
Harold Minjir
as Couturier at Valentine's
Marcelle Corday
as Celeste, the French Maid
Harold Miller
as Barber Customer
Nell Craig
as Saleslady
Jerry Mandy
as Headwaiter
Phil Kramer
as Supper Club Waiter
Murray Alper
as Cab Driver
Nelson McDowell
as Man in Nightshirt
Sam Ash
as Maitre d'
S.H. Young
as Barber
Mary MacLaren
as Chambermaid
as Piano Player
Albert Conti
as Maitre d' in Speakeasy
John Buettner
as Shoe Clerk
Pat Sweeney
as Manicurist
Alla Mentone
as Saleslady
Peter Allen
as Jewelry Clerk
Ira Reed
as Taxi Driver
Dutch Hendrian
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Hands Across the Table

All Critics (5)

Smart-mouthed romance...

April 9, 2021 | Full Review…

I had a swell time at it.

June 12, 2019 | Full Review…

... never that funny or intelligent as it appears to be at first glance.

August 17, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

[Leisen] keeps things moving at a nice pace, and his attention to detail in the sets and costumes makes the film a joy to look at.

May 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hands Across the Table

Breezy lark with a sparkling Carole Lombard. She and Fred work well together as always and if you only know him from his years as the retiring dad on My Three Sons he's quite dishy here. Ralph Bellamy is the odd man out again but at lest his Allen is afforded some dignity here instead of being the poor sap he usually got stuck playing.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Hands Across the Table is a variation on probably the most oft-recycled of all screwball plots, that of the gold-digger whose schemes are derailed by the inconvenient intervention of true love. Carole Lombard, as a designing manicurist, and Fred MacMurray, as the penniless playboy the former mistakes for her meal ticket, are both wonderful, but there's something odd about the tone of the picture, evidenced by the fact that our sadness for Ralph Bellamy, Lombard's unrequited suitor, outweighs our happiness for Lombard and MacMurray at the close.

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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