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Hands Across the Table(1935)

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The plot synopsis in the pressbook ends with the coin landing "heads up," indicating that Ted and Regi will marry first. A pre-release article in Hollywood Reporter notes that Via Delmar originally optioned her story under the title "Hands Across the Table" to Samuel Goldwyn, who intended it as a Miriam Hopkins vehicle, however, he allowed his option to lapse. When she sold it to Paramount, she changed the name to Bracelets, the film's early working title. A Daily Variety news item notes that Gary Cooper was originally intended for the lead, however, was unable to take the part due to his commitment to Paramount's Peter Ibbetson. Modern sources frequently cite this film as Carole Lombard's first "screwball" comedy, and that it was overseen by Ernst Lubitsch, managing director of production at Paramount at the time. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Russell Hopton in the cast. Jack Kirkland was given screenplay credits in early publicity records. The cat Whitie, was owned by Henry East and trained by Rudd Weatherwax. Modern sources note that dress fittings included Edith Head; that Lombard was originally to be given sole star billing, but MacMurray was given co-star status; and that Ray Milland was originally intended for the part of Ted.