Garrick was to the 18th Century what the Method was to the 20th. He developed a less theatrical form of acting, and in fact, the movie has Garrick discussing his acting style briefly in the film. (Quite humorous too, as he informs the French actors that he knew exactly who they were, since they didn't walk or move like people employed in an inn). And while the real Garrick didn't marry a French woman, he did marry a German woman in what turned out to be an extremely happy marriage - he called her "the best of women and wives,"and it is said they were inseparable for the 15 years of their marriage. And here's the trailer for Hollywood's version of how he met his great love:
As to the film, it was not entirely successful; it was based on a London play, but never quite achieved the level of popularity that the studio had hoped for. However, the lead actors, Mr. Aherne and Ms. De Havilland are delightful in it. She manages to hold her own even with such wonderful character actors as Melville Cooper and Edward Everett Horton (and there is even Lana Turner in a bit part). Finally, it is worth noting that (according to The Films of Olivia De Havilland), though Mr. Aherne and Ms. De Havilland dated while making the picture, they ended up related - he married her sister Joan Fontaine two years later.
Join us next week as we look at some movies that appeared on TCM for Ms. De H's birthday.